Remember 1968: Society, Higher Education, and Activism

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When and Where:
Monday, November 4, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
at Central Library

Center for Black Literature and Culture, 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Special Venue Instructions: Parking garage and metered spaced available.
Dr. Jakobi Williams


Event Description:

Life Magazine referenced 1968 as “the year that changed the world.” Hear from Dr. Jakobi Williams at this opening night reception for the exhibit “Remember 1968” to learn how college students shaped this revolutionary year and how campuses across the nation continue to grapple with its legacy. 

The year 1968 witnessed the murders of Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, and three young black men protesting a racially segregated bowling alley in South Carolina. Protests against the unpopular Vietnam War raged across college campuses as well as the Democratic National Convention. At the center of America’s growing pains at this time were college students actively confronting racist power structures and other forms of injustice. This revolutionary year sparked a plethora changes in relation to higher education and 50+ years later college students are still navigating instances of injustice. 

The kick-off reception to the exhibit Remember 1968 will explore the history and legacy of this pivotal year while the exhibit focuses on six overlapping areas that parallel present day issues on college campuses: Gun Violence, Freedom of Speech, Student Activism, Global/Local Resistance, Patriotism, and Organizing.

Metered street parking and library garage parking is available off of Pennsylvania Street at $1/hr.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs encouraged by Nov. 3.  

Presented by IUPUI School of Education, IUPUI Africana Studies Program and Olaniyan Scholars Program, IUPUI Museum Studies Program, and Center for Black Literature & Culture.