November 10, 2014

Cornellians Talk Race Issues in 1960s

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Five alumni discussed racial issues they observed on Cornell’s campus during the Vietnam era Monday, as part of a two-day series of panel discussions, forums and a teach-in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ithaca area’s resistance to the Vietnam War.

Panelists focused on their involvement with the 1969 Willard Straight takeover — where over 100 black students took over Willard Straight Hall and ejected University employees and Parents’ Weekend visitors from the building.

Panelists discuss race issues between black and white Cornellians during the Vietnam War era Monday as part of a series of forums celebrating the 50th anniversary of Cornellians’ resistance to the war. (Ryan Landvater / Sun Senior Photographer)