Saturday, May 14, 2016

Looking Back 51 Years Ago, 1965: NIU Homecoming and Vietnam War Protest

From the November 3, 2015, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back"

1965, 50 years ago.

"NIU's 1965 Homecoming is set for November 6.  In addition, new structures will be dedicated, a Legislative Day Luncheon, a celebration of the Golden Anniversary of Williston Hall which is the first residence hall built on campus.

**  Demonstrators from NIU opposed to the Vietnam War didn't make much of a show Saturday in DeKalb.  Approximately 25 boys and girls gathered at the University Center and paraded down Lincoln Highway to Fourth Street, south to Franklin then west to Huntley Park.

"Carrying placards opposing the fighting, the group sat on the grass and listened to a number of speakers."

These protests certainly increased toward the end of the decade.


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