The Amherst Student issue from April 8th, 1968
“Several students and faculty members have organized for a fast to be held from Tuesday morning to Thursday evening ‘for peace in Vietnam, for freedom and justice in the United States, for an end to violence,’ and in memory of Martin Luther King, who had issued the call for the fast before his assassination last Thursday. A silent march, beginning Tuesday evening at 6:45 PM in front of Converse Library, will precede a meeting in Mead Auditorium to search for ways to begin action towards social justice.”
The Amherst Student issue from April 11th, 1968
Written by David Corcoran ’69.
“A group of 10 fasters, including Bob Denig ’68 and Professors Mudge, Pitkin, and Ratté, met in the lounge of Valentine during dinner yesterday [Wednesday, April 10th] to discuss plans for proposing to the College a six-point program for racial equality [known as the Mudge-Marx-Denig proposal].
Professor Mudge said the group would ask the College to consider these proposals:
- Increasing the number of Negro students here.
- Abolishing rushing and asking fraternity members to renounce their pledges
- Examining a committee to re-examine priorities in the College budget
- Organizing a Martin Luther King Memorial Fund from Amherst to aid the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of which Dr. King was chairman, and to further local civil rights projects.
- Curtailing or abolishing funds for the annual commencement and using the money for civil rights programs.
- Re-examining its investments in corporations that practice or perpetuate racial inequality.”
The Amherst Student issue from April 15th, 1968
Written by Lewis S. Mudge, Minister to the College.
The Amherst Student issue from April 18th, 1968
“The following are excerpts of a talk delivered in evening Assembly Wednesday by Leo Marx, Professor of English and American Studies.”
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