History of the Takeover
Twelve students barricaded the computer room of north hall and threatened that they will destroy all the computers if people dislodged their attempt to get their eight educational system needs granted. These students from the Black student Union and others spent numerous nights at one of the students house to plan this approach of the campuses neglect towards the black community on campus. This began to widen as students started to ask what was going on. More and more students got involved and gave support. Later on that day, chancellor cheadle had people to come clear the building and took into consideration of the blacks students requests. Seven out of the eight of the requests were granted, suching as hiring a black counselor for EOP, developing the college of black studies, etc.
What happened after?
In a video with Jeffrey Stewart, he explains the history of the takeover as well as the outcome. He states that the through this student activism, it conducted the department of black studies, but also contributed to the departments of chicano/chicana studies, asian american studies and feminist studies. As well as the departments, it brought the “insertion of information about the black experience in the course of sociology, history, literature, political science, literally throughout the whole curriculum”, says Stewart.
In 2012, the Black student Union requested a mural to commemorate the north hall takeover from 1968 that carried a large change for the students as well as the culture of the community. Summer of 2013, the students did research and found pictures in the 1968 yearbook contained pictures from the event. Students, Staff and Faculty came together to design what they wanted on the mural. The designer was Mehmet Dogu, who was a designer of University art Department. The mural established is a public piece that everybody can access by walking through the breezeway of North hall. Each photo provides a different message of what happened during the protest.
Jeffrey stewart was handed the authority and control of the mural installation from Chancellor Yang. He also went to countless meetings with Kashira Ayers to get approval of the design as well as the installations. In Jeff Wing’s article, he states that the overall message that is intended from the creator, Jeffrey Stewart, is “to create something so that blacks visiting students could see that they had a presence, and were making a real contribution here”
What do you see
Standing in between the breezeway walls, ten large photos from 1968 surround you.
Within each photo on the wall, you can see different perspectives from the takeover of the north hall. All these pictures show a different standing point of the activism that was happening. But overall, they demonstrate the power of students together and the power of voice. It also shows the large change that has impacted the school as a whole and that it was such a large effect to students and staff that they demanded for a mural.
Looking at each picture gives you an assumption what it might mean or represent, but looking at this mural you wont be able to pick up the actual history that is behind it. Being an observer allows you to make assumptions but never really a thought to do research on what it actually means. As an observer, you can easily recognized that this is from the past because of the appearance of the people in the photos and how the photos are black and white. Easily from just looking, we can all make an assumption that this mural is to present an event that occurred with the two races, blacks and whites.