Civil Rights and Protest in Madison, May 1968 - WORT 89.9 FM
On the third, leaders of the campus groups Concerned Black People (CBP) and University Community Action Party (UCA) present a six- part racial equity plan to university president Fred Harvey Harrington. On the seventeenth, the board of regents directs Harrington to expand the university’s aid to the disadvantaged and to “include as a high priority” for the next budget funds to meet “the problems of poverty, prejudice and equal opportunity. But that afternoon, the regents resist taking another civil rights action demanded by a hundred or so activists from the CPB, UCA and WSA. The regents deliberate in closed session for about ninety minutes and decline to comply. But about twenty minutes later, somebody tosses three Molotov cocktails through a first- floor window in historic South Hall, starting a blaze that heavily damages about fifteen thousand student records, melts fixtures, and causes smoke damage on all four floors of the second- oldest building on campus.
After a Monday morning rally on Library mall, CBP leaders meet with Harrington and learn the university will agree to three of their demands: hiring a black assistant director of the minority scholarship program headed by Ruth B. Off campus, the frequent fights between Blacks and whites at and around the teen dances at the East Side Businessmen’s Club on Atwood Avenue finally prove too much for Monona Police chief Walter Kind. Getting things back in hand is one of the many challenges facing the first executive director of the Equal Opportunities Commission. On the 21st, Festge asks Madison’s 125 employers with more than fifty employees to declare themselves equal opportunity employers by signing the “Plans for Progress Alliance” pledge that the EOC has sent them. May 27— The EOC premiers an hourlong documentary, “Madison’s Black Middle Class,” produced by radio personality and writer George “Papa Hambone” Vukelich.
- What was the impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968?
- How did the Civil Rights Act of 1968 enhance the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
- What was the purpose of the civil rights Acts of 1965 and 1968?
- What was the main purpose of the Civil Rights Act of 1968?
- What is Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the civil rights historic district?
And there’s a race-based curriculum concern in the public schools. Two days later, the chair of the EOC’s Education Committee says the racism is systemic. And in protest news, it’s epithets and eggs on May 15 for Selective Service chief Gen. Ira Black photo of the UW Regents meeting, published in the Wisconsin State Journal May 18, 1968 Did you enjoy this story? Your funding makes great, local journalism like this possible.
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