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.
Graduate Student Diversity Research Day
Sponsored by UF Black Graduate Student Organizations
In-person and virtual
tours about the history
of the Institute of
April 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1510 W. University Ave.
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