April 5, 1969: African-American Society Occupies Hopkins Hall
Fall, 1969: Williams Marches in Vigil for Peace
May, 1970: Strike! Cambodian Bombing
The Class of 1970 directed and participated in`1969-70, protests of racial issues on campus, and the Vietnam War.
These protests sparked major changes in college life and American society over the next generation. Progress, protests, lawsuits and decisions on social and political diversity, equity, and democracy occurred at Williams and within society generally.
- “Ten Percent” Scholarship Program;
- Protests: Vietnam War and
- Hopkins Hall Occupation, April 1969 – African-American Society Social Protests
- Peace Vigil/War Moratorium: Anti-War March in Williamstown, Fall, 1969
- Strike! Cambodia Protests, May, 1970
Obviously, the political protests continue, 2017-2020. Compare the Williams Class of ’70 to the Class of 2017, and you’ll see the progress Williams has made on the issues the Class of ’70 was involved in fifty years ago.
But according to Williams’ own public history, it took thirty (30) years to implement these changes fully. See See See also, “How an Ivy Got Less Preppy: Princeton Draws Surge of Students from Modest Means,” Washington Post, October 24, 2017