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"College Head Here Quits After Strife"

This New York Times article reports the resignation of Borough of Manhattan Community College president Murray Block following May 1970 demonstrations that ended with students and faculty occupying the college's buildings. Block's replacement was [...]

STRIKE!, Prism, 1971

Prism was the Borough of Manhattan Community College's annual yearbook. This 35 page chapter from the 1971 edition details the student strike that, in May 1970, temporarily shut down the college and resulted in 58 arrests. Filled with photos, [...]

Arrest Bus - 1970 BMCC Student Strike

This photograph features Maria Ramos, the Student Government President in front of the the arrest bus. The students were demanding an end to increases in tuition fees, and a day care center for children of students. Maria Ramos also confronted Dean [...]

Gerald Meyer and Activists at City Hall

Gerald Meyer with students at City Hall to save Hostos Community College. Some of the student in leadership were on a hunger strike to dramatize the issues plaguing Hostos Community College and their need for better facilities. By 1977, the third [...]

Luchemos Unidos / We Struggle United

"Luchemos Unidos por Mas Espacio" sign translates to "We Struggle United for More Space." This was a student/faculty march through the community to alert the community of the campaign to acquire the 500 building. The resident's and passers'-by [...]

Sit-down in front of Hostos' 500 Building

Students, the PSC Chapter and community activists unite behind the fight for the second building for Hostos Community College. Signs read: "VETERANS: This is our real fight - Our Aim: 500" and, translated from Spanish, "PSC demands: Give us the [...]

Voice of the Voiceless, April 20, 1998

In this issue of the BMCC student newspaper, Voice of the Voiceless, the topic of Open Admissions is given full focus with more than twenty articles contributed on the subject from students across the CUNY system. The topic was given special [...]

Student wearing Nixon Mask

Printed in the BMCC 1971 yearbook, Prism, this photograph shows a BMCC student wearing a plastic President Nixon mask in front of BMCC's "B-bldg" at the height of the 1970's protests. Students demands included an end to student fees and a day [...]

Strike! graphic from BMCC 1971 Yearbook

Printed in the BMCC 1971 yearbook, Prism, this photograph was used in the "Strike!" section and was taken during the student takeover of the college in May 1970.

Students Sleeping Overnight at BMCC During 1970 Protest

Printed in Prism, the BMCC 1971 yearbook, this photograph was one in a series that documents the student takeover of one of the BMCC buildings in May 1970. On May 6-7 over 30 students slept in the "A" building. As reported in Prism, the [...]

BMCC Student Government President Maria Ramos Arguing with Dean Leon Cohen

BMCC student government president Maria Ramos "ran afoul of the higher-ups because of her activities in 1970." Printed in Prism, the BMCC 1971 yearbook, this photograph was one in a series that documents the student takeover of one of the BMCC [...]

Three 1970 photographs of BMCC mass meeting

Printed in Prism, the BMCC 1971 yearbook, these photographs are part of a series that documents the student takeover of one of the BMCC buildings in May 1970. Faculty members Bill Friedheim and Jim Perlstein are shown speaking in support of student [...]

Dorothy Harris in Protest Over Space at Hostos

This clipping of the May 2,1974 issue of The Clarion shows an image of student Dorothy Harris alongside an article on the campaign to secure more space for Hostos Community College. The Clarion was a widely read newspaper issued by the Professional [...]

"Save Hostos Now!"

In March of 1975, the Community Coalition to Save Hostos took over the school in protest over the Board of Higher Education’s decision to close Hostos Community College. This flier announces the occupation of the school and articulates the demands [...]

Student Government Organization Bilingual Newsletter: Student Government Office Vandalism

The Student Government Organization published this bilingual newsletter in 1975 to publicize that their offices and the offices of fellow student groups had been searched and robbed in the wake of the occupation of Hostos Community College. The [...]

"Why Struggle? For Hostos and Education"

This leaflet, distributed by the Community Coalition to Save Hostos, announces a march to the headquarters of the Emergency Financial Control Board (EFCB) in May of 1975. The EFCB was the body put in place to manage the budget crisis plaguing New [...]

De Hostos Echo, November - December, 1975

De Hostos Echo is the Hostos Community College bilingual student newspaper. This November/December 1975 issue features stories on mass demonstrations to save the school from closure in order to deal with budget cuts. Stories also include tips for [...]

"Save Hostos Marathon"

The Community Coalition to Save Hostos deployed a variety of strategies to build awareness and organize against the proposed closure of Hostos Community College. The Community Coalition was comprised of student and faculty groups and community [...]

"Black Students Union and Black Organizations Demonstration Against Genocide and Racism"

The Black Students Union and other supportive organizations sponsored a demonstration at the United Nations in April of 1976 to oppose the City University of New York’s proposals to close and merge colleges that mainly served minority communities. [...]

Gerald Meyer Statement on the 500 Grand Concourse Building

Gerald Meyer, a founding faculty member at Hostos Community College and President of the Hostos chapter of the Professional Staff Congress made this statement at a press conference held on March 30, 1976. The statement articulates that facilities at [...]

Protest Day in New York / Dia de Protesta en Nueva York

This flier announces a citywide protest to the headquarters of the Emergency Financial Control Board (EFCB) in April of 1977. Targeted specifically to Puerto Ricans and the Latino American community, the flier describes rampant financial hardship [...]

Q's and A's about the Take-Over of 500 Grand Concourse

This information sheet produced by Hostos United/Hostos Unido offers students, faculty, and community members basic information about the occupation of the 500 Grand Concourse building in the Spring of 1978. To demand needed funding to complete [...]

Hostos United/Hostos Unido March 1978 Press Release

In March 1978, Hostos United/Hostos Unido issued this press release about the decision to occupy the 500 Grand Concourse building. To draw public attention to their cause and to demand needed funding to complete renovations to the building, students [...]

Notice of Support from Student Government Organization

Daniel Macias, President of the Student Government Organization, wrote this memo in April 1978 to show support for the occupation of the 500 Grand Concourse building. Macias encouraged members of the Hostos community to participate in and assist [...]

The Takeover Grows Stronger / La Toma del Edificio Está Más Fuerte

Hostos United/Hostos Unido issued this bilingual bulletin on April 6, 1978 offering updates on the occupation of the 500 Grand Concourse building. The bulletin describes the ways that the space was being used for classes and childcare. It also [...]