Public Lecture given by Professor Martha Biondi,
Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of African American Studies and History,
Wednesday, March 27th, 4-6pm
306 Russell Hall, Teachers College
Reception to follow
In the spring of 1969, students at every single division of the City University of New York rose up in protest. The two-week occupation of City College in Harlem precipitated a political crisis in the city and ushered in a major shift in public policy; as a result, it received extensive local and national media attention, but strikingly, it has garnered little attention from historians. The black student movement in New York City won reforms that transformed public higher education and paved the way for the expansion of the black middle class in the New York City region. While the students achieved a great deal, they inspired formidable opposition, which anticipated the political conservatism that would later gain ascendancy in urban, state and federal governments.
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