The 1971 Walkout and call for change

Most Pleas Were Reasonable, Eruption Reveals Differences, Skiff articles from February 9, 1971

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Student leaders Frank Callaway, Jennifer Giddings, and Eddie Miles joined Dibbles at a press conference on February 4 calling for an increase in recruitment of Black students and faculty, a Black Studies program, and a Black campus minister and counselor at TCU.  The students also addressed specific circumstances when African-American students had been treated unfairly.

Addressing the need for a Black Studies program, the students stated "We feel that the present curriculum with its token black courses does not even begin to prepare us for life as Black Americans," the students said. 

As a result of the protest, a Black Studies minor was introduced in 1972.  TCU made efforts to hire a Black minister, but lack of funding and difficulty in finding a suitable candidate hampered the search.  A Black counselor was hired in 1971.

The 1971 Walkout