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Photos: Anniversary of the '69 Black Student Strike
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Photos: Anniversary of the '69 Black Student Strike

In 1969, black students at UW-Madison called for a campus-wide student strike to galvanize community support over some longstanding grievances. Included as part of their demands was an increase in enrollment of African-American students and the hiring and promotion of faculty of color.

The subsequent protests and rallies, among the largest in the university’s history, blocked building entrances and took over lecture halls, and spurred the governor to activate the Wisconsin National Guard. Stretched out over roughly two weeks, the strike led to the creation of the Afro-American Studies Department at UW-Madison.

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