Posted by: Chris Kretz | March 12, 2009

In the World: Library Takeover at Stony Brook University

Wednesday, March 12, 1969

Protestors and Suffolk County Police face off at Stony Brook University, March 12, 1969

Protestors and Suffolk County Police at Stony Brook University. Image courtesy of the University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Some 500 students participated in an 18-hour protest outside the administration offices of the library on March 12, 1969. The demonstration was prompted by the campus arrest of Mitchell Cohen, a former student with the status of persona non grata. Students for a Democratic Society presented Pres. John S. Toll with six demands, which included the abolishment of persona non grata status, military recruitment on campus, and war-related research. After three of the six demands were met, Toll officially closed the library. Campus officials requested the assistance of the Suffolk County Police after students ignored requests to vacate the building. A total of 21 students were arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

Nyitray, Kristen J and Ann M. Becker
Stony Brook: State University of New York

Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2002
Page 60

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