Students meeting with Williams College administrators

Students meeting with Williams College administrators

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Massachusetts, United States
January 1983
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Language: English
A meeting of members of the Williams Anti-Apartheid Coalition (WAAC) with Williams College Board of Trustees members and senior administrators. WACC had been campaigning for the college to divest its stocks of companies doing business in South Africa. Sitting at the table (from left) are: student Stephen Sowle (now Assistant Dean at Chicago-Kent College of Law), student Sue Reilly (now Sue Sowle), a college official, a trustee, and William College President John Chandler. Some people standing (from left to right) are: Andy Levin (student in jacket and tie), Laura [last name unknown] (with long straight hair), Banu Qureshi (woman with tight curly hair behind trustee), and Maggie Winslow (to Banu Qureshi’s left peeking through shoulders of two men in down coats). The trustees agreed to a meeting limited to six students, refusing the request of WAAC leaders for a forum open to all students and faculty. WAAC members developed a consensus that the trustees' position was undemocratic and unacceptable at a liberal arts college dedicated to learning and dialogue. WAAC organized a large rally immediately before the meeting with the trustees and invited participants to join the meeting. Many took up this offer; students in parkas appear in this photograph surrounding the designated WAAC spokespersons and the trustees. The trustees refused to divest or to take other concrete steps WAAC leaders asked for at the meeting. Therefore, three WAAC members began a week-long hunger strike for divestiture, which garnered national attention.
Used by permission of Andrew Levin.
Collection: Private collection of Andrew Levin