1968 – Black Thursday at UW-Oshkosh

On this date, 96 African-American students were arrested for occupying the university president’s office to protest the University administration’s refusal to commit to adding more black teachers, classes in African-American history, black speakers on campus, and a black cultural center. Although the students were jailed and suspended from the University, within a year many of their ideas were implemented, including adding black literature and history classes and opening an Interracial Cultural Center. [Source: UW-Oshkosh Web site, “Do Your Thing,” ]