Black Student Activism of the 1960s and 1970s infoPlaylist

March 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

05267rIn late 2015, student demonstrations about racial inequality and campus climate took place at colleges and universities across the country. These recent protests hearken back to the black student activism of the 1960s and 1970s. In order to explore this connection, Towson University is hosting a screening and panel discussion about the documentary Agents of Change on March 30th. In preparation for this screening, Librarians Joyce Garczynski, Alyse Minter, Eden Parks, and Sarah Burns Gilchrist have prepared this resource list that includes histories and primary sources from the 1960s and 1970s protests, books about those protests, and sources linking historic protests to contemporary activism.

Histories and Primary Sources Related to the 1960s and 1970s Activism

Books for Further Reading about the 1960s and 1970s Activism

Connections between the 1960s and 1970s Activism and Current Protests

  • A history of the 2014 I, Too, Am movement, an overview of current campus protests from the Atlantic, a description from the Baltimore Sun of the 2015 sit-in at Towson University, and lists of student demands assembled by the Black Liberation Collective
  • A timeline of Black activism on campus from The New York Times
  • “A Visual History of Campus Protests” from Vanity Fair
  • An article from the Atlantic on the role that teens have played in civil rights protests
  • “Protest shows colleges are once again becoming civil rights battlegrounds” from the Washington Post
  • An article from the Los Angeles Times about how the latest wave of college activism differs from previous protests
  • A Higher Education Today blog post discussing the research on historic and contemporary student activism and its impact on campuses



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