Events Leading up to the Sit-In
In the fall of 1968, Dean of Admissions Frederick Hargadon published a report on black admissions at Swarthmore. The failure of his report to address SASS' concerns and its insensitivity to the privacy of black students was a catalyst for SASS action during the fall of 1968, leading up to the sit-in of 1969.
SASS members had been working closely with faculty throughout 1968 to create a Black Studies program. At the same time, administrators were often less in negotiations around black admissions. The accompanying documents are a series of SASS statements and demands, and the administrative responses, during the fall of 1968 leading up to the January sit-in.
Phoenix coverage of the events leading up to the sit-in.
The accompanying documents are a letter to custodial staff and a letter to black students who were not part of SASS, as well as a letter from a black student who was not a member of SASS in support of their actions.
The Admissions Policy Committee published a timeline of the events over the fall of 1968 leading up to the sit-in which can offer readers a clear chronology.