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Press Release from Black and Puerto Rican Student Community

This press release, written by protesting black and Puerto Rican students at City College on April 26, 1969, offers insight into the group's motivation behind their protests in the preceding months. Arguing for CCNY to better serve its surrounding Harlem community, the statement describes student efforts to create a community-based educational institution that they named, the "University of Harlem." The students' calls for CCNY's greater community involvement lay at the heart of their published Five Demands. Those demands, which called for among other things, greater diversity and representation on campus, ultimately affected the early implementation of the policy of Open Admissions.

Source | McGuire, Ron
Creator | Unknown
Date Created | April 26, 1969
Rights | Obtain From McGuire, Ron
Item Type | Text (Report / Paper / Proposal)
Cite This document | Unknown, “Press Release from Black and Puerto Rican Student Community,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed September 25, 2023,

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