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University of Chicago sit-ins


University of Chicago sit-ins

Bernie Sanders speaks to students participating in Chicago's University of Chicago sit-ins in protest of University of Chicago's segregated campus housing policy, January 1962

The University of Chicago sit-ins were a series of nonviolent protests at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois in 1962.

According to Chicago Maroon managing editor Avima Ruder, a staffer at the student paper found a copy of the University budget, and "we discovered that the University owned a lot of segregated apartment buildings...It was really bizarre because our student population at that point was largely white, but there was no segregation, there weren’t separate dorms for African American students—if someone had suggested that, people would have been appalled."[1]

Initially foregoing publishing the news, editors gave the apartment addresses to the Student Government, who reached out to the university chapter of the [1] Beadle wrote a letter to the paper, agreeing that the university segregation was a problem, emphasized the University’s nondiscrimination policy and the difference between on-campus housing, which was open to all, and commercial residential properties acquired by the University, many of which had existing segregation policies. "The only issue on which there is arguable difference of opinion," Beatle wrote. "is the rate at which it is possible to move toward the agreed objective without losing more than is gained."[1]

Frustrated with Beadle’s call for "planned, stable integration," CORE activist sit-in in Chicago history.[2][3]

From January 23 to February 5,[4] Sanders and the other civil rights protesters pressured Beadle and the university to form a commission to investigate discrimination.[5] Beadle met with 300 students in the Ida Noyes Hall theater to announce that further sit-ins would be prohibited and that a committee would be formed to investigate CORE's charges of racial discrimination in University-owned buildings. [6]


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  2. ^ Frizell, Sam (2015-05-26). "The Radical Education of Bernie Sanders". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  3. ^ Perlstein, Rick (January 2015). "A political education". The University of Chicago Magazine. Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  4. ^ The Gold and the Blue: A Personal Memoir of the University of California, 1949 - 1967. 2001. 
  5. ^ Craven, Jasper (2015-08-26). "Can Sanders' civil rights experience at U. of C. translate on campaign trail?".  
  6. ^ "The University of Chicago Centennial Catalog". Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
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