Student Unrest: These photos depict the 1968 Black Thursday event at Wisconsin State University Oshkosh.

In the late 1960s the University took steps to diversify its student body, but it made few attempts to make the campus inclusive.

 

 

This in part led to the protest by African American students on Nov. 21, 1968, that became known as Black Thursday.

Students occupied the president’s office in Dempsey Hall, presenting a list of demands for changes to curriculum, special events and support services.

The sit-in turned heated and nearly 100 students were arrested; and 94 of those were expelled.

 

 

 

UW Oshkosh will recognize the 50th anniversary of Black Thursday next year.

For more information, visit blackthursday.uwosh.edu.

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY UW OSHKOSH ARCHIVES (TOP and Bottom) PHOTO COURTESY OF OSHKOSH NORTHWESTERN ARCHIVES (CENTER)

 

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