UNI to honor student activists from 1970 campus protest

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host “Brave Student Voices: Then and Now” from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in the Commons Ballroom on UNI’s campus. The event brings back to campus members of the “UNI 7,” a group of UNI students from 1970 that engaged in civil disobedience and fought for adequate representation, equality and inclusion for students of color on campus.

On March 16, 1970, members of the African-American Society of Cedar Falls participated in an all night sit-in at the home of President J.W. Maucker. The protest followed months of administrative inaction after the group petitioned the university in November 1969 to consider a list of demands that included the call for a “cultural house for the Afro-American students on campus.”

Participants in the sit-in left peacefully after being threatened with a court injunction. In the days that followed, the administration positively identified seven of the protesters, who came to be known as the UNI 7, and brought them before a disciplinary committee.

“Brave Student Voices: Then and Now” is a commemorative event that will bring these former students back to campus to be recognized for their brave leadership, and to connect them with current student leaders who have spoken out on similar issues.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Victoria DeFrancisco, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-7219 or victoria.defrancisco@uni.edu

Contact: 

Victoria DeFrancisco, professor, communication studies, 319-273-7219, victoria.defrancisco@uni.edu

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, blake.ruane@uni.edu