Old Sem Takeover - Oct. 17, 1968

In October of 1968, students at Cornell College took over Old Sem. Black students had been asking for certain rights through other channels prior to that, but were unsatisfied with the responses. This section contains photos and articles related to the takeover, handbills that were circulated on campus by various groups, faculty response, and outcomes for the campus.

Old Sem Captured

October 21, 1968

An article from the Cornellian about the Old Sem demonstration. Click the image to see more info and enlarge, or click the button below to see the full text.

Handbill of black requests

October 17, 1968

Students passed out copies of this handbill that lists the requests of the black students. Click the button below to read, or click the image to enlarge and see more information.

Black Liberation handbill

Black Liberation handbill. Click the button below to read, or click the image to enlarge and see more information.

Old Sem Takeover - Oct. 17, 1968