February 24, 1969
Rutgers Diversity
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Conklin Hall Takeover

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Schedule of Events

February 5, 2009:  “We Only Know What We Can Remember”  Exhibit

Opening of Conklin Takeover exhibit in Robeson Gallery featuring photos and documents from the John Cotton Dana Library Archives Digital Preservation Initiative. Exhibit will be displayed in Robeson Orbit I Gallery through July, 2009. Refreshments will be served. Robeson Gallery PRCC  5pm-7pm


February 12, 2009: “Inside the Conklin Hall Takeover” A DVD Screening & Discussion with Special Performance by Unity Theatre:  A brief documentary of interviews and reflections with Chancellor Steve Diner, Dr. Clement A. Price, Dr. Norman Samuels, Junius Williams, current Rutgers students, BOS alumni Richard Roper (1st president of BOS), George Hampton( participant in the 69’takeover) & other noted faculty. Bradley Hall Theatre 4pm-7pm


February 23, 2009: JUKE JOINT POETRY JAM (Free Period 11:30-12:50pm) Celebration of diversity in verse and rhyme featuring students and alumni from various cultures.     Multi-cultural refreshments will be served. Sponsored by BOS   Essex Room PRCC


February 24, 2009:  “A Look Back, A Leap Forward" hosted by Dr. Clement A. Price, with performance by Unity Theatre 

This "Celebration of Diversity" acknowledges the 40th Anniversary of an action taken on February 24, 1969 by BOS and other students which opened the doors to forever change the cultural makeup of Rutgers-Newark, today the most diverse university in America. Special guests include:

President Richard McCormick, Chancellor Steve Diner, 69’ Liberators. Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr. Price.
Refreshments will be served. 
1pm-5pm,  Essex Room PRCC


February 27, 2009: 40 Years:  Liberation of Conklin Hall Reunion                          

Closing ceremonies of the celebration of the historic 1969 Conklin Hall Takeover. Awards honoring the '69 liberators with special guest speakers. Opening remarks by Rev. Dr. Howard, Chair, Rutgers Board of Governors..  Reception   6pm-10pm, Essex Room PRCC

Sponsors: Office of the President, Office of the Chancellor, BOS, BOSAA, OBFS, AFAM, IECME, EOF, DANA LIBRARY, COMMON PURPOSES, Womens Studies


Joseph Browne and Dr Steven J. Diner
The late Joseph Browne, leader of the 1969 Conklin Hall Takeover and Rutgers– Newark Chancellor Steven Diner at the 35th anniversary in February, 2004. A commemorative plaque now mounted in the front lobby of Conklin Hall was presented.