Trailblazers Recognition Ceremony and Panel Discussion on May 2

You are invited to the Trailblazers Recognition Ceremony | The Black Manifesto at 50: Honoring Black Student Activism on Wednesday May 2, 6:00-8:00 pm, Washington University in St. Louis, Emerson Auditorium – Frick Forum, Olin School of Business, Throop Drive & Snow Way Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.

Trailblazer Honorees:

Douglas Flowe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Rochelle Smith, M.S., Assistant Provost

Association of Black Students (ABS)

Organizers of the 1968 Brookings Occupation

Also, join us to meet our 1968 Alumni Trailblazers.  After a confrontation between campus police officers and a black student, Elbert A. Walton (MBA, 1970), on December 5, 1968, the Association of Black Collegians organized a protest and sit-in against the violence and marginalization of black students. The students, led by Robert C. Johnson (PhD, 1976), delivered to then Chancellor Thomas H. Eliot the Black Manifesto of 1968 document which articulated ten demands including an increase in black student enrollment, better treatment of black students on campus, and the creation of a Black Studies program.

Meet five of the organizers of the 1968 Brookings Occupation for an informal discussion moderated by Jonathan Fenderson, Assistant Professor, African & African American Studies.

Wednesday, May 2
2:30-4:00 pm
Emerson Auditorium

Please register here:

Questions: 314-935-7535 or email:

The purpose of Washington University Trailblazers is to acknowledge, commemorate and celebrate the contributions that Black alumni, faculty and staff have made to the institution and broader communities.  The initiative provides an opportunity for the university and local community to learn more about Washington University’s history, recognize Black change agents who have shaped the present-day institution, and make intergenerational connections with alumni, faculty, staff and current students.

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