Protest Unbecoming

An estimated 200 students jammed Peters Hall on February 20, 1969, for a sit-in to prevent 13 classmates from meeting with Marine Corps information officers about careers in the armed services. The commotion forced the officers to leave.

Oberlin’s then president, Robert K. Carr, said rather than call local police, he chose to handle the matter in house and “let the situation run its course.” Administrators threatened to bring charges of improper behavior in an academic community against the students who participated.

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Photograph Courtesy of Oberlin College Archives