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Sat, 04.19.1969

Student Takeover At Cornell University Occurs

On this date in 1969 more than 80 members of the Afro American Society took over Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University’s student union.

The takeover had been prompted by a reprimand of three Black students for an incident the previous December and a cross burning (both incidents occurred the previous day) in front of the Black women's cooperative and other cases of alleged racism. A deal was eventually cut between protesters and Cornell administrators, and the students left the building a day later.

Five days later a counter protest occurred when 16 professors decided not to teach unless order at Cornell was restored.


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