Hopkins Hall Occupation, April, 5-8, 1969
At 4:30 a.m. on April 5, 1969, Williams Afro-American Society, led by Preston Washington, ’70, occupied Hopkins Hall following a breakdown in discussions with the Administration on residential housing the previous day.
The Hopkins Occupation in April, 1969, was the first major protest at Williams. It preceded the War Moratorium protests (Fall, 1969) and the Cambodian bombing protests of May, 1970, which shut down the school just before finals.
To place the Hopkins Occupation in context, Martin Luther King had been assassinated exactly one year before, on April 4, 1968.
The Williams Record pamphlet was sent to alumni, parents, and college friends. Jim Rubenstein, Chair, 1969 Record, and Larry Hollar ’70, Executive Editor, helped edit the pamphlet. The pamphlet is presented here in its entirety. It is an excellent window into “The Protest Years” and the changing life at Williams in the Spring of 1969.