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1968 Harrison High School Student Uprising



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In September 1968 on the West Side of Chicago, a student group called the New Breed at Carter G. Harrison Technical High School organized weekly walkouts demanding ethnic studies and improved conditions at their school. Despite police violence and threats, by October the Black students were joined by Latinx students in marches and sit ins, and each group developed manifestos with their demands. For 2 months, Harrison students Sharron Matthews and Victor Adams organized walkouts and protests with students throughout the city of Chicago resulting in a massive citywide walkout of 60,000 students on October 15th which forced the Chicago Board of Education to hear their demands and make changes.