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Hopkins Hall Takeover

From the Times Union:

Student rally outside Hopkins Hall at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts in support of black students’ demands, April 7, 1969. Students from the college’s Afro-American Society took over the building, seeking demands to add African-American studies to the curriculum, diversify the faculty, and more.

Is the College planning any activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this event, perhaps the single most successful example of student activism in Williams history? Should it?

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#1 Comment By Williamstown Resident On December 28, 2018 @ 3:19 pm

Ask the alums who participated in the takeover from 1969 how they feel about the idea that 50 years later, black students are demanding affinity housing on campus. I dare say a return to separate but equal is not the ideal of progress they anticipated after 50 years.

#2 Comment By frank uible On December 28, 2018 @ 5:03 pm

Asking an embarrassing question risks production of an embarrassing answer.

#3 Comment By Whitney Wilson ’90 On December 28, 2018 @ 7:20 pm

@ Williamstown Resident

That us a very interesting question. I don’t think the answer is an obvious one, and will probably vary within the group. It would be great if the Record could interview the leaders and participants in the 1969 takeover and see what they have to say.

#4 Comment By Dick Swart On December 28, 2018 @ 11:04 pm


#5 Comment By Dick Swart On December 28, 2018 @ 11:08 pm

#6 Comment By Dick Swart On December 29, 2018 @ 3:56 pm