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Black Thursday remembered

Repository: University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh. Archives and Area Research Center

Collection Description (Extant): On November 21, 1968, ninety-four 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 Northeast 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.

Access Copy Note: Audio, video, photographs, and documents are available online at the collection URL. This website draws from archival materials preserved at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Archives and the Wisconsin Historical Society, recently donated documents, newspaper and magazine articles, archived footage from Milwaukee news broadcasts, and over 130 oral history interviews.

Collection URL: http://www.blackthursday.uwosh.edu/ External Link

Date(s): 2008

Digital Status: Yes

Extent: 130 interviews (MP3 sound files), photographs, manuscripts, video

Language: English

Interviewees: Richard Aukema, Lloyd Barbee, Vel Phillips, James Groppi, Henry Brown, Russell Brown, Robert Cockroft, Gladys Coleman, Michael Gordon, Vada Harris, Robert Hayes, Sandy McCreary, Geoff McCreary, Milton Mitchell, Ross Grant, Elliot Ross, Juanita Moore, Noreen Debnam, Leonard White, Virginia Crane, Ron Del Bene, Roger Dennis, Herb Gaede, Martin Gruberg, Jon Guiles, Roger Guiles, Neil Harriman, Don Jorgenson, W. Roy Kopp, Phil Layne, James McKee, Eugene McPhee, David Roth, J. Ward Rector, Franklin Utech, Manfred Wenner, Russ Young, Leonard Wright, Hugh Carver, Lynn Ehlenfeldt, Betty Jo Eiffert, Edith Collins, Roy C. Dixon-Robinson, Gilbert James, Priscilla Leith, James Sitter, Valeria Sitter, Jack Steinhilber, John Schuh

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights

Subjects:

African American college students--Wisconsin
African Americans--Civil rights--Wisconsin
Civil rights demonstrations--Wisconsin
Clergy
College teachers
Student movements
Wisconsin--Race relations

Genres:

Interviews
Manuscripts
Sound recordings

 

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