'Howard University students seized the admissions building. This was a startling thing, a new thing to me. I had never heard of students taking over a part of a university in protest. I watched the news of it and the clips from it and I was awed. I didn’t necessarily agree with it but I didn’t disagree with it either. It was simply a new realm to me, one that had not been explored until that moment. The peaceful protestors were tired of being nice. They were tired of trying to use words to reason with unreasonable fools. They were sick of being pushed around for trying to make a difference. I felt that same way deep in my bones. Things were moving along the way we wanted them to but for how long? And if it all came crashing down again would we go about doing things the way we had for years?'
This is a first hand account that I found while searching the take over on yahoo search. It comes from a fellow blogger and the direct link to it is http://incorrigiblecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2008/03/40th-anniversary-of-howard-building.html I followed this blog upon reading this account because to me, this person must be pretty fucking groovy to have been involved in such a thing and while I have not read through other posts on it, I would assume that if you like this blog, you might like this cat's blog as well:
"I was a freshman at Howard University when 1,200 of us entered the Administration building on March 20, 1968, sitting-in in protest over the threatened expulsion of 38 of our classmates who had been accused of disrupting Charter Day.
Four days later we marched back out, having shut down the University and having saved those students from expulsion, successful in having prevailed in all our demands save one: the removal of President James M. Nabrit, which would come to pass two years later when Dr. James Cheek took office.
While we were the first United States university closed down by student activism, Columbia University (which had supported our efforts) followed our protest with one of their own and because of better media coverage is generally assumed to have been first. I am happy to set the record straight.
Among the protest leaders, Michael Harris, the Freshmen class president would later become a lawyer in the Howard University Office of General Counsel. Howard University Student Association (H.U.S.A) president Ewart Brown, M.D. is currently Premier of Bermuda, and Tony Gittens, Ph.D. is executive director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities."
Here is some information about why students occupied Howard University taken from http://askville.amazon.com/causing-protest-Howard-University/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=58450328:
At this point I would post a picture but alas! I could find none. So, instead I will leave you with this...although this take over lacked the notoriety that Columbia's achieved in history, it certainly had its place. It paved the way for Columbia and it was, in a way, a new face of protesting that would start out as more aggressive but still mostly harmless (Well, harmless for the public at large...not so much for the protesters that got their heads bashed in for trying it...) and would, in time, evolve in some cases into aggression that tore apart the image of the anti-war movement.