‘Harlem vs. Columbia University’

by E Wayne Ross on August 24, 2009

Inside Higher Ed: ‘Harlem vs. Columbia University’

In 1968 and 1969, students at Columbia University protested against a number of the university’s policies and plans, accusing the institution of racism and imperialism — the latter for the military ties that connected the university to the Vietnam War. Most notably, they opposed Columbia’s intended construction of a gymnasium in nearby Morningside Park, a small green space utilized by the area’s largely black and Puerto Rican residents.