Cornell University Commemorates the 1969 Willard Straight Hall Takeover by Black Students


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A half century ago, Black students at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, demanded the establishment of an African-American studies program. When their demands were not met a group of Black students occupied Willard Straight Hall on campus. The protest evolved into larger arguments over racial equality. After a 33-hour standoff, administration officials acceded to the students’ demands. The Black students who feared they would...