Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Black Thursday

On the morning of Thursday, April 15, 1971, approximately 70 members of the University of Florida Black Student Union went to the university’s main administrative building, Tigert Hall, with a list of six demands addressed to UF’s then-president Stephen O’Connell. The demands were initiatives and action to support the experience for and education of Black students. After three attempts to present their concerns to O’Connell, the students refused to leave.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Black Thursday protest. We honor the legacy of and sacrifice made by students, faculty and staff who forever changed the trajectory of the University of Florida with a series of educational events.

Milbrauer
Symposium

“Reimagining the Black Past: The Futures of Black Power”

April 1, 8, 15, and 22


Graduate Student Diversity Research Day

Sponsored by UF Black Graduate Student Organizations

April 6


Community
Mixer

networking initiative promoting collaboration among Black UF

April 8 at 5:30 p.m.


Black Thursday
Panel

Black Affairs and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will feature a series of panelists to discuss the legacy of Black Thursday

April 13 at 5 p.m.



IBC
Tours

In-person and virtual
tours about the history
of the Institute of
Black Culture
are available

April 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1510 W. University Ave.


Anniversary
Event

Please join us virtually to hear remarks and reflections on the historic significance of Black Thursday for the university and greater Gainesville community.

April 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Virtual | Live from the IBC



Commemoration of Black Thursday

Hosted by African American Studies

April 15 at 6 p.m.
Virtual


Lighting
Ceremony

Join Black Affairs for Lighting Ceremony at the Institute of Black Culture to conclude the anniversary events

April 15 at 8 p.m.
Plaza of the Americas
(Rain Location: IBC)




The History and Legacy of Black Thursday


PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: REFLECTIONS ON BLACK THURSDAY AT UF 50 YEARS LATER



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Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Logo