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“Brooklyn College Belongs to Us”: Black Students and the Transformation of Public Higher Education in New York City

Clarence Taylor

in Civil Rights in New York City

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780823232895
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240876 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823232895.003.0009
“Brooklyn College Belongs to Us”: Black Students and the Transformation of Public Higher Education in New York City

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Black student activism exploded in the spring of 1969. These students followed in the footsteps of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and were deeply influenced by its radical and Black Nationalist organizers, many of whom had left the South and were active on college campuses across the country. Coinciding with the grassroots community control of schools movement, African American college students in New York City aimed to redefine the relationship between educational institutions and urban black communities. In the spring of 1969, students at every single division of the City University of New York rose up in protest. Similarly, the struggle at Brooklyn College has been virtually forgotten, even though it was crucial in reshaping the admissions policy, the university's relationship to communities of color, and the curriculum.

Keywords: Brooklyn College; black students; African American; City University; New York; higher education; admissions policy; protest

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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