Sixty-five Black Brandeis University students barricade themselves in the school and present a list of racial equality demands.
1969 (Jan 8)
Sixty-five Black students invaded Ford Hall at the predominantly white Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The students barricaded themselves in and presented a non-negotiable list of demands. On the list were: an African studies department; year-round recruitment of Black students by Blacks; Black directors for the Upward Bound and Transitional Year programs; the hiring of Black professors; the establishment of an African American student center; and ten full scholarships for Blacks. Morris B. Abram, the recently appointed president of the University, offered temporary amnesty to the Blacks and agreed to communicate with the barricaded students.