On October 14th, 1968, membersof the Black Student Union organized to give voice to campus injustice. They demanded that UCSB take action to support the Black students on campus and implement a Black Studies Department educating students and faculty alike about the complexities of the Black experience. Sixteen members pioneered the movement, barricading themselves in the North Hall computer center around 6:30 a.m.
North Hall Takeover!
They were tired of being ignored and took to North Hall to force the Chancellor to accept this list of demands:
- The establishment of a commission designed to investigate problems resulting from personal or individual racism;
- The development of a college of Black Studies;
- Reaffirmation of President Hitch’s directive calling for increased hiring of minority persons;
- The hiring of a black female counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP);
- The appointment of black coaches ‘whenever this becomes possible’;
- Non-condonement of any harassment by any students, whatever color;
- The development of a community relations staff ‘to be actively prosecuted’;
- Asking for the firing of Athletic Director Jack Curtice and Arthur Gallon, head of the Physical Activities department”.