Black Student Sit-In Photographs, 1974

This video explores the Black student sit-in of April 22-24, 1974 at the University of Connecticut's Wilbur Cross Library. Using black and white photographs taken by the University photographer, we contextualize and explore the recorded past to help demonstrate the impact of students of color involved in antiracist activism on the Storrs campus since the late 1960s. These photographs represent an administration continuing to document its students, in this case viewed as law breakers engaged in incivility.  Almost 50 years on, these photographs take on new meaning as evidence of a Black student activism demanding representation, access, and an end to racism in academia.