This Day in History

March 19, 1968: Howard University Protest

Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Education, Organizing

From March 19-23, 1968, Howard University students seized the Administration Building. As two of the conditions for vacating the building, the students insisted on changes in the discipline policy and that courses be offered in African American history.

Howard Protest 1968

Students protesting at Howard University in 1968. © Bettmann/CORBIS.

The 1968 protest at Howard University is included in segment 11 of Eyes on the Prize and in the documentary “Color Us Black!” (May, 1968). Both documentaries stream for free online.

Learn more about the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Stanley Nelson’s film “Tell Them We Are Rising.”