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‘Water boiling’: An oral history of the Allen Building Takeover, part 1

(05/14/19 4:00am)

Approximately 60 Duke students occupied the first floor of the Allen Building February 13, 1969, to protest the University’s failure to meet the needs of black students. Their demands included the creation of a Department of “Afro-American” Studies, increased enrollment and financial support for black students and a black student union. Protesters remained in the building until after 5:00 p.m, when their exit ignited a clash on the main quad in front of Perkins Library between students gathered outside and police.