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Howard Students Confront Draft Director in Viet Protest: 1967 | by Washington Area Spark
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Howard Students Confront Draft Director in Viet Protest: 1967

Students shout down the director of the nation’s draft board, General Lewis B. Hershey, when he attempted to speak March 21, 1967 at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

 

The students jeered Hershey and waved anti-Vietnam War posters causing cancellation of the Hershey’s planned speech.

 

When the University administration moved to discipline students and faculty, the campus responded with protests. University President James Nabritt pledged to engage in dialogue, but after school year ended moved to moved to discipline students and faculty.

 

This caused renewed protests in the fall of 1968 that ultimately led to the takeover of the administration building in March 1968. The protests called for amnesty, an end to forced ROTC and the establishment of a black studies program among other demands.

 

It was the first time in the turbulent 1960s that black students took over a campus building as a means of dramatizing their demands--but wouldn’t be the last.

 

The Howard strike won every demand except the removal of University President James Nabrit.

 

For more information and additional images on anti draft action, see flic.kr/s/aHskadsfh7

 

For more information and additional images on protests against compulsory ROTC, see flic.kr/s/aHskazEMKM

 

The photographer is unknown. The image is an auction find.

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Taken on March 21, 1967