23 march 1968 & howard u students end takeover
#OTD Saturday 23 March 1968 Howard University students end takeover of administration building after coming to an agreement with administrators. Students achieved 3 of their 4 demands: no disciplinary action for Charter Day protesters; working toward making HU a black-centered university starting with a conference the next semester; and a student judiciary committee. President James Nabrit refused to resign. A press conference was held in the afternoon.
Please comment below. Were you a Howard student in 1968? Did you participate in the takeover? Did you agree with the decision to end the takeover? Were you at the press conference? You may comment privately here.
Photo: Courtesy DCPL Special Collections, 1968. Photographer unknown.
Rick Massimo, "'Our Demand Is An Answer: 50 Years Since Howard University Protest," WTOP 19 March 2018.
Tom Myles, Centennial Plus 1: A Photographic and Narrative Account of the Black Student Revolution: Howard University 1965-1968, 1969. J L Pinderhughes, art editor. Do you have this book in your collection?
Color Us Black, 1968 documentary on HU in March 1968. Click here to see part 1. The film was written, produced and narrated by Dick McCutcheon, white. It is a wonderful and problematic documentary. Wonderful because it is a window into Howard in 1968 and you hear from a range of individuals. Problematic because it is framed through the racism and liberalism of McCutcheon. Big thank you to Jazmin Goodwin, Hilltop editor, for telling me about the documentary.