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War and Peace

October 14, 1965

“Support the Troops” rally

Controversial Speakers and Media

February 10, 1969

Open Speaker Policy, 1969 The policy emerged from protests and a lawsuit brought by students and faculty after the university’s administration cancelled two contracted speakers due to concerns over their being controversial, including comedian and activist Dick Gregory and congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Civil Rights

September 15, 1969

Black Student Union protest, 1969. Grievances include: reconsidering Shirley Majors, a black student, for cheerleader, more black counselors, scholarships, and paid official recruiters, receipt of requested funds from Student Activities Office, investigation into classroom discrimination by university administration.

War and Peace

October 15, 1969

Vietnam Moratorium Days (October 15 and November 15, 1969)

Campus Politics

January 15, 1970

Students protest Ed Boling’s appointment as president of the University of Tennessee

Gender Equality

February 1, 1970

Open Dorm Hours for Women, 1968-1970 Policy ultimately allowed women over 21 and those with parental permission to make individual decisions on curfew hours.

War and Peace

May 6, 1970

Strike protesting Kent State Violence and the bombing of Cambodia

War and Peace

May 28, 1970

President Richard Nixon speaks during Billy Graham Crusade in Neyland Stadium

Controversial Speakers and Media

January 31, 1971

Student outcry over potential film censorship. A film series set to be screened at Clarence Brown Theatre was pulled after the then-theatre department head canceled a showing of “Ulysses” due to concerns over “obscene” content. Later resolved in favor of showing the film. See also: The campus cinematheque: film culture at U.S. universities, 1960-1975.