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Black History Month: A Complicated Legacy-UW Oshkosh Black Thursday Remembered
February 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
On Nov. 21, 1968, 94 African American students attending Wisconsin State University at Oshkosh (WSU-O) engaged in a dramatic demonstration within the University president’s executive office. Citizens of Oshkosh and surrounding communities in northeastern Wisconsin, most of whom had only previously witnessed the civil rights movement and the turmoil of the 1960s through news broadcasts carried through their television sets, were stunned by the demonstration and the damage left in its wake. The public and official University reaction to the events of that day (soon dubbed “Black Thursday” by the student newspaper) was swift and punitive. Over the next several months, controversies surrounding the expulsion of the “Oshkosh 94” demonstrators, the conditions that triggered the demonstration, and the limits of academic freedom raged on, thus protracting the most significant crisis in race relations to ever hit the region. Stephen Kercher, history department chair (UW Oshkosh), will lead the discussion and presentation on the legacy of Black Thursday. This event is sponsored by the Black Thursday Oral History Project and Black Student Union.