Look Back, Look Around, Look Forward: Remembering the 50th Anniversary of the SJU President's Office Sit-In
It’s been 50 years since a group of around 20 Johnnie and Bennie black students took over the SJU President’s Office in an effort to promote change and fight racism. The two-and-a-half-hour sit-in and subsequent institutional and student responses marked a key moment in the evolution of race relations at CSB and SJU. After 50 years of progress, students, faculty, staff and alums continue to wrestle with institutional racism on both campuses.
You are invited to join us for a special virtual event remembering the 50th anniversary of the SJU President’s Office sit-in on Tuesday, November 10 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. We will take a look back at the conditions, campus dialogue and student voices from that time and beyond. Alumni Charles Harvey ’74 , Lewis Nixon ’71, Herman Rudy Sawyer ’74, and Fred Hill ’73 were students at the time of the protest, and Barima Opong-Owusu’ 75 and others arrived on campus after the sit-in, but all will share their experiences of working toward racial justice on campus. Then we’ll look around to assess conditions for black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) students on campus today. We’ll end by looking forward at the steps for CSB and SJU to become truly anti-racist institutions and identifying sustainable ways to engage current students and alums in the efforts.
Learn more about the historical campus event from 50 years ago here: https://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/idc_lectures/13/.
Then join us on November 10 to hear from alums, current students and faculty as the community reflects on the 50-year anniversary of “A Proposition Concerning Black Survival.”