Revisiting The 1968 Student Uprising At Howard University
Nearly 53 years ago, thousands of Howard students occupied the school's administrative offices demanding reforms, leaving a long legacy on campus and beyond.
February 04, 2021 at 3:47 pm
From protesting ROTC in the 1920s to publicly calling out segregation and lynching in the ‘30s, Howard students have spent the past 100 years fighting for change for the campus and for the country as a whole. One of the biggest such protests at Howard came in 1968 when students rose up to challenge the mission of the university and demand a truly pro-Black Howard. Somewhat lost in the turbulent history of the 1960s, including the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. later that year, the 1968 Howard uprising nonetheless left a strong legacy at the school and beyond.
As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, we're revisiting the student protest that rocked Howard in the '60s. The accompanying photos, provided by Getty Images by way of its Bettmann Archive, capture the historic time at the university.
"[Images] are a way back into those narratives that we will forget about if we're not re-presenting this back to the world. These narratives and these histories will disappear. What photography does so well is it humanizes," Director of Photography at Getty Images Bob Ahern told Blavity about the significance of such images.
Here's what you should know about the four-day protest.