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Student Activism at University of Maryland

A guide to researching student activism at UMD using student newspapers.

Since the 1960s, University of Maryland students have been extremely vocal in advocating for peace. The largest peace protests occurred on campus in 1970, when the National Guard was deployed to curb a massive anti-Vietnam War protest staged by students on Route 1 and McKeldin Mall. Since the 1970s, students have been active in protesting war and acts of violence, including the Gulf War in the 1990s and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Arrests Begin Moratorium

1969 - University of Maryland students participated in the Vietnam War Moratorium March, but the University denied marchers access to campus buildings to house participants. Two students and a campus chaplain were arrested during protests and members of the Young Democrat club also advocated that the University open buildings to marchers.

Revolutionary Retrospective

1973 - Description of the events of spring 1970, when students protested the Vietnam War. In May 1970 students held sit-ins at Skinner Hall to protest the war and also marched on Route 1. The Maryland National Guard was called in and clashed with protestors, using tear gas to disperse the protests.

D.C. Hosts Largest Rally Against War

1991 - University of Maryland students, staff, and faculty joined a D.C. protest against the Persian Gulf War. The protest consisted of 250,000 people, many of whom came with student, religious, labor and human rights groups. 

Fasting for Peace Planned

1970 - The Peace Action Committee joined the national Fast Action for Peace project, which involved fasting and rallying in D.C. in protest of the Vietnam War and the military-industrial complex.

100 Students Rally for Peace on McKeldin Mall

2004 - Campus peace activists hosted a rally on McKeldin Mall. They hoped to raise awareness of the human and economic cost of the occupation of Iraq. 

Two Arrested in Protest, Rally Called

1972 - Students marched between Reckord Armory and President Elkins’ house to protest the continued war in Vietnam as well as the ROTC program on campus. A significant police force was sent to quell the protests and two students were arrested.

Police Use Clubs, Gas to Quell Disorder

1970 - In reaction to the US bombings in Cambodia, University of Maryland students launched large scale protests on campus. Students sporadically blocked Route 1 and damage was inflicted on campus as a result of the protests. In the days after, articles discussed the continued protests by students, who also protest the presence of ROTC on UMD's campus.