Olympic track and field athlete John Carlos, whose demonstration at the 1968 Mexico Olympics has become one of the world’s most instantly recognizable images, will speak Feb. 20 as part of UD’s Black History Month celebration. Photo by Nathaniel Anderson
The University of Delaware is observing Black History Month with a diverse array of events and activities through March that celebrate the achievements of African Americans and honor their role in U.S. history.
This year is particularly significant—2018 marks the 50th anniversary of 1968, a watershed year for the civil rights movement. From the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, to defiant protests calling for social change, to establishment of the Fair Housing Act, 1968 is often considered to be one of the most consequential years in America’s history. Over the coming months, UDaily will be publishing stories to remember 1968.