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The African Studies Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

February 1969: University of Wisconsin students band together for the African-American community

African-Americans at the University of Wisconsin (1875-1969)

Read More About It

"Guard Troops Called in to Aid Campus Control" Wisconsin State Journal, 2/13/69

"Mass March Backs UW Blacks' Stand" Wisconsin State Journal, 2/14/69

"UW Faculty Backs a Major in Afro-American Studies" Wisconsin State Journal, 12/2/69



Interesting Fact:

Gov. Warren Knowles called up about 900 Wisconsin National Guard troops to assist police in controlling the student demonstrations on the UW campus.

Study Questions:

  • How did the University react to the protest?
  • Did the students have all of their demands met?
  • There were other protests at the UW in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Were they all about starting a black studies department? If not, what were the students protesting?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about protests at the University of Wisconsin:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on February 12:

    1870: The women in Utah are given the right to vote.
    1909: The NAACP is founded.
    1973: North Vietnam relases American prisoners of war for the first time.

  • February 12

    February 12, 1969: Over 10,000 students began a seven-day protest on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison demanding a Black Studies department.

    Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 13, 1969

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