This is the Rat Speaking: Remembering the 1969 Black Student Protest at F&M

October 24 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mayser Gymnasium

  • This is the Rat Speaking

Dr. Benjamin Bowser ‘69
Adrian C. Lamos, Jr ‘72
Dr. Todd Mealy
Prof. LeRoy Pernell ‘71

This Common Hour will feature a panel discussion with Dr. Todd Mealy, author of "This is the Rat Speaking: Black Power and the Promise of Racial Consciousness at Franklin & Marshall College in the Age of the Takeover"; Dr. Benjamin Bowser '69, who wrote the forward for the book; Adrian Lamos Jr. '72; and Professor LeRoy Pernell '71. Panelists will discuss the historical importance of the 1969 protest at Franklin & Marshall College, when black students locked their professors in Goethean Hall, demanding redress for academic and personal grievances. The protest paralleled a number of similar protests across college campuses at a time of activism and a rise in racial consciousness across America. 
This event was proposed by Van Gosse and Kim Armstrong and is sponsored by the Africana Studies program; the departments of American Studies and History; and the Office of the Provost.
Common Hour enables the entire Franklin & Marshall College community to gather for culturally and academically enriching events at midday each Thursday during the academic year. This opportunity to engage in a campus-wide dialogue originates with Common Hour and then extends beyond the confines of 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. into classrooms, house commons, dining halls and beyond.