Fascinating discussion at WSO about Monday’s Black Student Union protest. Read the whole thing. Key protest description:

This year 2010, The BSU and You will be commemorating both moments in history and creating a new story by sitting in Paresky (Whitmans) on Monday Feb. 8th, 2010 from 11:00am-1:30pm (lunch)

-Come dressed in your “sunday” best.
-Bring a book to read, preferably one about the cause you are sitting for
-Sit in Silence without food

Good stuff. Kudos to the students behind the effort. Seems clever and original to me. (See the WSO discussion for a dissenting view.) I hope that someone takes some pictures and posts them. Do our readers have any advice for the protesters? What book would you bring?

Recommended reading: A Black Williams: A Written History and Voices of change: Williams College black students and the 1969 occupation of Hopkins Hall.

Entire BSU e-mail below:

Hello All,

50 years ago, four students sat in protest at a Woolworth counter, protesting for equal rights. This single act ignited sit-ins all over the country.

April 1969, fellow Williams students peacefully took over Hopkins Hall demanding the administration pay attention to the needs of those unheard. Out of this came the Africana studies dept., the MCC, and Rice house.

This year 2010, The BSU and You will be commemorating both moments in history and creating a new story by sitting in Paresky (Whitmans) on Monday Feb. 8th, 2010 from 11:00am-1:30pm (lunch)

The BSU is inviting you to sit in for whatever cause you believe in, Human Rights, Civil Rights, Sustainability, God, Williams College, Haiti Relief, anti-globalization, saving the environment etc…

This sit-in is not about separation of race, creed, class, gender, or sexuality etc… It is about Williams students coming together to be politically engaged with real issues the are both in and out of the purple bubble.

We will be debriefing the sit-in at the BSU Kick Off Dinner 4:00-6:00 in SAB 141
All are Welcome!

If you would like to join

-Come dressed in your “sunday” best.
-Bring a book to read, preferably one about the cause you are sitting for
-Sit in Silence without food

It’s time for you to send a powerful statement

If you are interested in participating or For more information please contact Courtney Smith ’11 Cns1@williams.edu
and Check out the Black History Month Calendar for more events!

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