The Amherst Student issue from April 8th, 1968
Written by Tim Hardy ’69.
“The demonstration Thursday night began at Orchard Hill dormitory complex at the University of Massachusetts. Over 600 University students is marched down Pleasant Street and circled through the Amherst campus. Picking up sympathizers from Amherst residents, the march included over 1,000 students as it approached Town Common shortly after midnight.” Read second part here.
“April 4, 1968 – A strange time to be writing in a diary; it’s two a.m. and Martin Luther King was shot tonight and killed. And C.P. said to me in the snack bar tonight, ‘The summer is gone, man, the summer is gone.’ The cities are going to burn. They’ve started already. And I sit here with my roommate, and what do I say. Black man in the white world and yet he knows that a little of him died tonight with King. And what do I say to this man, this man who must hate so violently… We are all guilty in the greatest crime against man which is written in recent history. And what can any of us say. Nothing… simply nothing.”
Written by D. M., A. N., J. C.
Written by Tuffy Simpkins ’69 and Jesse Warr ’69
The Amherst Student issue from April 11th, 1968
“The death of Martin Luther King last Thursday night brought to Amherst and to the nation a deep, emotional sense of guilt, sorrow and anger. Our only fear must be that the emotions not subside into complacency, and turn instead into commitment and action. Commitments not to help Black America, but to cure White America.”
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