Spring 2019 Exhibit, Remember: 1968 (Open February 1-June 30th)
The Remember Series is a Critical Moments Exhibition that focuses on a different critical moment, event, or topic in education history each year. This year’s exhibit is “Remember: 1968” and it explores the incredible political and social activism among college students around the world in 1968. Called the “Year that changed America,” 1968 saw the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Bobby Kennedy, major protests against the War in Vietnam, the Miss America Pageant, police brutality, and a long list of global issues of social concern. College students in the U.S. played a major role in confronting the racist power structure and other forms of social injustice of the day. Examples of this can be found in the actions of students at Columbia and Howard Universities who occupied buildings to protest administrative policies that perpetuated discrimination. In Orangeburg, South Carolina, 3 young black men were killed after police opened fire on a group of South Carolina State College students protesting a racially segregated bowling alley near campus. University students in France joined workers in protesting class discrimination, bringing the country’s economy to a virtual standstill. In Mexico, officers fired on university students protesting political bureaucracy killing or wounding over one thousand in Mexico City, the site of the 1968 Summer Olympics.As the games convened, the iconic image of Olympic Gold and Silver medalist track athletes John Carlos and Tommy Smith, in black stockinged feet and black leather gloves, raising their fists in protest punctuated the resolve of a younger generation to confront injustice. Remember: 1968 highlights a series of protests orchestrated by college students across the globe. Toby Jenkins, Ph.D. co-led a national team of professional and graduate student curators in developing the exhibition. The exhibit debuted at the 2018 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) in Tampa, FL. It will be on display at USC February -June 2019. This initiative is a partnership between Indiana University, the University of South Carolina, and the Association of the Study of Higher Education.