May 9, 2018
On March 29th over 300 students took over the Administration
Building at Howard University. The occupation was in response to a
list of demands they had drafted, but also spontaneously seized
upon widespread student concern following both housing shortage and
a financial aid scandal. After occupying all floors of the
A-Building, students liberated the building, turning it into the
Kwame Ture Student Center, a nod to a long unfulfilled promise of a
student center on Howard’s campus. They held the space for nine
days - the longest occupation in Howard University history - until
the college’s board of trustees had agreed to address their demands
to the satisfaction of the students.
Today we have two organizers from HU Resist, the student group
who led the occupation, Jason Ajiake and Viennetta Davis.