The Taking of the Mic

Photo: Chuck Painter/Stanford News Service

On April 8, 1968, several dozen students, most of them African-American, quietly walked onto the Memorial Auditorium stage during a morning colloquium convened in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. four days earlier. They presented a list of 10 demands, including increased representation of minority students in future freshman classes. The university agreed to nine of the 10 demands, accelerating efforts to diversify the student body and faculty.