Black History Month 2019 at UW-Madison, 50th Anniversary of Black Student Strike

The legacy and the promise: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Black Student Strike

The 1960s brought a wave of African-American students to predominantly white universities across the country, sparking hope for more diverse campuses while drawing attention to racism and exclusionary practices. At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, years of meetings between black students and the administration broke down in February of 1969, leading to the Black Student Strike. Fifty years later, the strike will animate many of the events during Black History Month, allowing the campus to reflect more deeply on both the achievements of the past and the work that remains to be done.


African American leaders of the student strike hold a rally outdoors. Photo: UW Archives

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