The OSU Black Student Union Walkout of 1969

Black History Month Display

Class boycotts, rallies, a walkout — what was happening at OSU during winter term of 1969? In February of 1969 OSU’s head football coach Dee Andros told Fred Milton, a black athlete, to shave his facial hair. Milton’s refusal sparked a local controversy and ignited students to fight for their rights!

Want to know more? Come see the display in the Archives Reading Room and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr!

Want to learn more? Contact Oregon Multicultural Librarian Natalia Fernández at

Exhibit co-curated by OSU University Archives Student Workers Ingrid Ockert, Kelsey Ockert, and Daniel Pearson

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