From my journal entry dated April 21-22, 1972. A “sit-in” to protest the Vietnam War. Notes as written except for explanations in parenthesis ( )
Student takeover of Dean Curtis’ office and George Sherman Hall (Boston University)
people sitting, standing, laughing, talking, reading blowing bubbles
music dancing guys playing basketball
passing a jug of water
food – cookies, cheese, crackers, honey nuts, oranges, apples, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, o.j., bagels & cream cheese
everyone quite at home – “enemy outside – community inside” (quote by a faculty member)
news coming in about us and brothers and sisters all over the country
great numbers in support roles – on stairs, in lounge – supplying us with food etc.
tension until 12:00 when we finally break the injunction – we’re all in contempt of court
celebration – it’s a people’s cultural event
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Today’s blog entry :
This sit-in continued throughout the night, and I do not remember any violence although many were arrested (sometimes violently) outside and around the country. I called home (on a land-line phone) to warn my parents. Protesters were sprawled on the floor – on couches – on desks – and some were coupling. Conversation grew quieter and music softer as dawn approached. It was a community linked once again by “an outside and outsized enemy” who or which could be warmongers, a physical attack, random act of violence, a weather disaster or lesser cause. It took me a long time to acknowledge my part and question our right to do any of this. I do not condone my actions but can only believe that it helped stop the war sooner. I am sorry that we did not show respect to those boys-men who chose a different course and served their time following their own free choice. There was just so much unfairness on so many levels, that I dropped out of B.U. after this year never earning a degree. I returned home and became a professional gardener instead. One of the best choices I ever made.
Next journal entry will be snapshots of those students and a rather celebrated professor involved in the take-over – all of whom protested this war from their heart and soul.
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on top of frozen snow
ag ~ January 2013