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Morrill Hall Takeover



The Black Student Union was birthed in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968, decades of open racism on campus coming from students and professors, as well as the University’s exclusive policies that barred black students from social groups and living in dormitories. A group of black students, then known as the Afro American Action Committee and included John Wright, Horace Huntley, Rose Mary Freeman, and Warren Tucker, stormed the University’s Administration Building (Morrill Hall) on January 14, 1969, and demanded the creation of an Afro studies department, increased financial aid for students of color, the Africana Student Cultural Center, and space for the establishment of current student cultural centers. The Black Student Union's beginnings stemmed from the need to voice concerns facing students of color on a predominantly-Caucasian campus and we still live this truth, to this day.

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