Black and White in Action

  • Brad E. Lucas
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)


Most campus unrest did not start because of the hippie counterculture or distress about the war, but instead it began with the struggles for racial equality and for student rights. At the University of Nevada, both issues set the stage for the Governor’s Day protest in 1970. This chapter focuses on campus unrest across the country from 1968 to 1970, tracing the national shift toward radical activism and decreasing support for the Vietnam War. At the edges of a vast ripple effect, small campuses were following the lead of the large universities, and in many cases students—and administrators—adapted strategies that had been successful elsewhere. The narrative focus in this chapter highlights the increased tensions and hostility on campuses as the war continued to escalate. Americans began to recognize that there was an organized effort to galvanize students from coast to coast. The rise of black activism allowed student antiwar groups to form coalition groups that might otherwise be separated along ideological lines, contributing even further to perceptions that colleges and universities had lost control of their campuses. In the pages that follow, I focus on the rise of activism among minority groups and their growing influence on campus politics, particularly how this influence played out in Nevada.


Black Student Attorney General Junior Faculty Member American Civil Liberty Union Campus Official 
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