May, 1963 – the Northern Student Movement conducts a fund drive in the Faunce post office, seeking buttons with “SNCC” on them, to support voter registration drives in the deep South
December 12, 1963 – James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality speaks to the Brown campus about civil rights
April 16, 1964 – Freedom Singers perform in Sayles Hall to raise money for the SNCC
1967 – Afro-American Society is founded; Alumni of Color Network founded.
September 16, 1968 – The BDH asks if 1968 is “The Year of the Black?,” and discusses new courses and programs for Black students, which are intended to increase their voice on campus and meet the needs of students more generally
October 28th – Andrew Young of the SCLC speaks to the campus, urging new tactics and new approaches to resolve “the race problem”
December 3rd – 23 Pembroke students warn that they will walk out and “cease to be a part of Pembroke College.” This threat is the endpoint of prolonged and unsuccessful negotiations over the size of the black student population at Brown, among other issues
December 3rd – BDH opinion article claims that Pembroke women were “too quick to walk out” and didn’t think through their decision. On the next day, faculty fail to collect support for the more centrist “Project Equality,” and struggle publicly to understand the Pembroke students.
December 5th– Statement of Black students published in BDH
December 6th walkout— approximately 65 black students left Faunce at noon and walked to the Congden St. Baptist Church and occupied it for the remainder of the day. Some brought bedding although it seems like no one actually stayed overnight. The BDH article written at this time also mentions around a thousand students gathering to hear complaints against the president for failing to listen to student demands– the 11% enrollment level in five years, among other things
December 10th– BDH letter to the editor, by the chaplain of university, speaks out in support of the walkout and says Brown, like all of american society, is racist
1968-1969 – The University first adds courses in Black history and Black literature, and then an interdepartmental interdisciplinary concentration in Afro-American Studies approved
1969 – New Curriculum is approved
September 29 – One former Brown student and 7 others arrested in Panther support march in downtown Providence.
November 13, 1969 – Coalition on Equal Opportunity demands increased opportunity for hiring of minority groups for University positions.
December 13, 1969 – After the Coalition’s proposal, the Afro-American Society boycotts classes for two days before negotiating with the University. The Faculty Policy group subsequently recommends the hiring of 12-15 black professors for the 1970-71 academic year. The Advisory and Executive Committee also passes a statement on minority hiring
1970 – Rites and Reasons Theatre established
1970– controversy over potential admission bias against black applicants at Pembroke
1971 – Afro-American Studies approved as a stand-alone program, and officially housed in Churchill House.
1972- Sankore Society created for Black faculty and administrators
1972 – Third World students protest in support of the demands of 1968
March 9, 1972– First BDH article on Rites and Reasons
March 22, 1973 – Letter to the editor about racism in the BDH and their refusal to acknowledge the Rites and Reason theatre.
1973 – Minority Peer Counselor program established
1974 – Article by Matthew Wald ‘76 describing subtle and not-so-subtle segregation on campus.
April 6, 1976 – BDH reports that the university’s Affirmative Action plans have stalled, and cites a fear of minority influx as the reason
1976 – Third World Center established in basement of Churchill House. This basic TWC timeline chronicling formation and key events.
1981 – CIA Director William Casey’s speech is disrupted by a reading of “Jabberwocky.” The so-called “Jabberwocky 13” is brought to the University Council of Student Affairs, and given minimal discipline.
February 1985 – a minor fracas in the BDH about whether the desire for black students to sit at black tables at the Ratty counts as seperatism
April, 1985 – Amidst rising tensions on campus, the occupation of the John Carter Brown library and a sit-in at the Faculty Club is followed by the appointment, by President Howard Swearer, of a visiting committee to investigate the conditions of racial harmony and minority life on campus. Later, 1985 will be renowned for protests in support of minority faculty hiring, against apartheid, and against CIA and defense contractor recruitment.
October 30, 1985 – the BDH summarizes the state of things, after the “stormy spring” of ’85.
1985 – A coalition of faculty, moved by the protests, creates a new class on American racism and democracy. American Civilization concentrators are required to take the class.
October 23, 1986 – Asian American students protest the differential treatment of Asian students in the admissions process, promoting President Swearer to direct the Office of Admissions to draft a new and consistent policy
1986 – Visiting Committee on Minority Life issues a report with 17 recommendations to “institutionalize racial harmony,” including a required class on diversity, special student support for the TWC and for Latino Students.
1986 – TWC moves to Partridge Hall.
1986 – Shantytown is created on the College Green by the Brown Free South African Coalition, and 3 graves are dug on the green to symbolize the end of racism. 4 students take up a hunger strike in Manning Chapel, and are disenrolled by the University.
April 22, 1986 – students arrested at the Rhode Island state house for protesting the escalation of US military involvement in Central America
1987 – Students urging divestment in South Africa disrupt a Corporation meeting
1988 – Protests lead to the establishment of Ethnic Studies and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
1989 – rumors of the Klan on campus and there are major concerns related to police harassment of black students, violence on and near campus. A look back in 2004 by the BDH describes it as one of the “most racially charged years in Brown’s history.”
1991–TWC Third World report, “Redefining the Concept of Community: A Framework for Pluralism in the 1990’s.”
1992 – Second occupation of University Hall, this time by a group named Students for Admissions and Minority Aid, in support of need-blind admissions. Over 250 students are arrested during the event.
1993 – Harambe House created
1996 – Ethnic Studies concentration is approved
2000- Affinity groups for alumni of color are created
2000 – The student GISP on “Third World Activism and Institutional Change” is approved.
2001 – African American Studies is departmentalized and renamed Africana Studies
2001 – BDH publishes advertisement against reparations by conservative activist David Horowitz. Students destroy the run of the paper.
May 2001 – Interim President Sheila Blumstein releases “Reflections on a Shared Vision for Diversity and Community”
July 1, 2001- Brown’s first African American president (who is also a woman!) is appointed (Ruth J. Simmons) and she becomes the first black president of an Ivy League
Article by the Brown ACLU condemning student action destroying the paper.
2003 – Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice established, including faculty, staff, and students
September 13, 2006 – Campus march against police brutality, with chants of ‘Brown is brown,” after a Black graduate student in Computer Science is racially profiled and arrested
2006 – Diversity action plan released under President Simmons, set diversity goals with the help of the newly established Office of Institutional Diversity, and instructs the Provost to begin need-blind admission
March 30, 2007 – The TWC celebrates its 30th year
October 5, 2011 – Occupy College Hill
May 2012 – Brown Daily Herald proclaims that the Slavery and Justice report has been forgotten, or that it is “dead”