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Thebulk of activism relatedto racial justice started in the late 1960s. As the community of African American students on campus grew, the BlackStudent Union was formed in 1968, and this provided a way for Black students to organize and advocate for racial justice on campus. That same year, the Black Student Union led a protest on the steps of the Home Economics building. The protest was triggered by racial discrimination in a nutrition study and racial violence on campus earlier that year.Other groups became involved in racial justice activism over the years, including student groups like the Black Male Initiative (BMI) and the Latino Student Union. More recently, in 2016, a coalition named ProtectUMD petitioned the University in support of marginalized, American Indian, Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Muslim, Pro-Palestine, and Undocumented students.
1991 - BSU President-elect Brian Morris, and other Black student leaders announced that they planned to protest on campus to push the University to build a Black student center. The students argued that with a growing African American student population they should have their own space outside the scope of the Nyumburu Center.
1971 - 300 Black students protested the increased admissions standards proposed by the University. Students were concerned that the new policies would disproportionately impact Black students who were already severely underrepresented and had a lower attrition rate than white students.
1987 - Campus Divestment Coalition members held a rally and built a shanty on McKeldin Mall to protest apartheid in South Africa and demanded the University of Maryland's divestment from companies doing business in South Africa. The article also discusses the events of the divestment protest the previous year.
2016 - University of Maryland students associated with the Protect UMD coalition organized a walk-out in support of UMD students from minoritzed backgrounds. On the same day, the Protect UMD coalition published a list of demands addressing how to make the University of Maryland safer and more inclusive for all students.