A Cultural Remembrance of the 1969 Occupation of Willard Straight Hall
Friday, April 19, 6 p.m., Willard Straight Hall
Free and open to the public
UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather forecast, the cross-campus walk portion of the Cultural Remembrance event has been cancelled and the event will start at 6 p.m. in the Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room.
Students and alumni will lead a commemorative walk starting at the Africana Studies and Research Center, stopping at Wari House and the former site of the Africana Center, and ending at Willard Straight Hall. Along the way, speakers will share each location’s role in the events surrounding the occupation of Willard Straight Hall. At Willard Straight Hall, student dance and music groups will perform pieces to signify the occupation’s importance in the broader civil rights movement, and participants are invited to view photographs in the building’s gallery and share their reflections and stories on a community banner. Alumni who participated in the occupation will share stories at a fireside chat in the International Room. Free refreshments will be served along with music by a local DJ.