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Photograph taken of protesters at the demonstration on September 19, 1970.

On Saturday, September 19, 1970, a series of events led to what was hailed as a militant demonstration at the front gate of Chanute Air Force Base, leading to police engagement and general unrest. In the preceding weeks, an African American airman from Chanute was arrested on false charges in Rantoul. This arrest sparked an uprising form the 47th Student Squadron, a predominantly black squadron. The uprising that week coincided with a boycott of Dining Hall P-23.

 

Taken from page 10 of Vol.2 No. 8 of A Four-Year Bummer found in the 1969-1971: Anti-War Folder of the History Files Collection of the Chanute Collection.

 

Part of the blog post: Resistance and Dissent at Chanute

 

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