rutgerslibrariesIn honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, #SpecialCollectionsSunday in February will feature photos from the John Cotton Dana Library that recount the story of the three-day takeover of Conklin Hall at @runewark by the Black Organization of Students (BOS) in February 1969.
Here, BOS members Marvin McGraw, Bill Kinchelow, and Howard Kinchelow unfurl a banner from the hall's rooftop renaming it Liberation Hall. Members of the BOS had entered the building before dawn on February 24 and secured it within minutes. It was the first time a Rutgers building had ever been occupied by students. BOS members were responding to the campus’s failure to remain in step with the city--black students made up just 4% of the population and very few actually came from Newark. There were no black faculty and very few staff members were people of color.
Stay tuned for next week’s installation of the story when we explore the student reaction to the Conklin Hall Takeover.
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