Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: December 15, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971966 | Print ISBN: 9781412940504 | Online ISBN: 9781412971966| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Killings on HBCU Campuses
Several young people were killed and dozens were injured in confrontations between students and law enforcement officers at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) related to civil rights and antiwar demonstrations in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Student unrest was widespread on college and university campuses of the era. HBCU students agitated against White supremacy, as had their predecessors in organizations like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and also battled against racism and discrimination off campus. In what was the Black Power era, they also turned their attention to the vestiges of the racial hierarchy on campus and accused their universities of complicity in the racial status quo. Administrators, state officials, and the federal government attempted to curtail activism through threats, regulations, and intimidation, and HBCU students were subjected to harsher and more punitive forms of punishment even when employing the same tactics as students at other types ...