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Threaten to Withdraw from SIU
Threaten to Withdraw from SIU
Item IDEgyptian19680517Threaten.tif
TitleThreaten to Withdraw from SIU
AuthorBy lnez Rencher
DescriptionBlack Students Show Growing Unrest
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1968 May 17
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Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
TranscriptThreaten to Withdraw from SIU

Black Students Show Growing Unrest

By lnez Rencher

Black students this quarter, particuarly during the past two weeks, have shown a growing group defiance toward alleged discriminations and injustices at SIU.
News AnalvAis
Last week's attempt by black students to stage a peaceful demonstration and presentation of grievances at the president's office ended in the arrest of seven students on charges of mob action and the unofficial expulsion of the students from the University.
The aftermath of the incident has shown an ircreased arousal of black sentiments and unity. Directing their concern toward what is considered rectification of the charges and the expulsion, all black students were represented at meetings for this purpose both Wednesday night and Thursday affernoon.
Seventy-five to 100 students attended Wednesday's planning meeting and Thursday's press conference.
Represented were WE, an organization of black students
and Community residents; the Black Economic Union, a Carbondale section of a regional group; Concerned Black Students, a coordinate group of University students and organizations and Afro-American African Studem Union, a cultural exchange group of black American and African students. Students unaffiliated with groups were also present.
The growth toward a unified black student body has not been without factions and disagreement. Particular
confusion has come in deciding "the spokesman" for the
black students.
Although no student holds this position, a majority appears appalled that the news media seemed to unofficially choose William Moffett, the black leader of the predominantly white Southern Illinois Peace Committee.
"Philosophically, the majority of the black students are involved in the movement for equality and recognition, " John Holmes, graduate student, remarked earlier this quarter following the death of Martin Luther King. It
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