Howard University students end month-long protest

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By Ahnayah Hughes, Howard University New Service

WASHINGTON — After 34 days of protest and 20 days of negotiations, students at Howard University, one of the nation’s leading historically Black universities, and the school’s administration Monday announced they come to an agreement, officially ending the occupation of the Armour J. Blackburn University Center. 

The protest, which began Oct. 12, was reportedly the longest demonstration in the university’s history. It quickly gained national attention with stories in the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS news and in scores of Black newspapers and attracted the attention of U.S. representatives and civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson

Dozens of students, joined by some faculty and alumni, slept outside of the popular student center. The students had four demands; an in-person town hall with the university president, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick; the reinstatement of student, faculty and alumni to the board of trustees; a meeting with university leaders about a plan to remedy all housing issues; and academic and legal immunity for all protestors involved. 

Students would not say whether they received agreement or promises to meet any of their demands.

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“While the specific terms of the agreement are confidential, it can be said without any hesitation that the students courageously journeyed on a path toward greater University accountability, transparency, and public safety,” the student’s attorney, Donald Temple, said in a press release Monday. “

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