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Reflections: 1960s Off-Campus Protests

Have you visited the Memories section of the Vassar 150 website lately? If you haven’t, here’s a glimpse of what you’ve been missing:

In the spring of 1960, civil rights sit-ins and other demonstrations were in full swing across the South and elsewhere. As freshmen at Vassar, Nancy Kerber MacRae ’63 and three classmates—all in the same rooming group in Strong—contemplated joining a planned protest at a Woolworth store in Poughkeepsie.

“We four roommates spent intense hours debating whether or not we would join the picket line,” she writes.

What did they decide? Who went and who stayed behind? Find out by reading the rest of her essay.

Plus, read what your classmates and other Vassar alumnae and alumni are writing about their time at Vassar. Don’t forget to submit your own memory to the Sesquicentennial website! Share any aspect of your personal Vassar experience—recollections of your time on campus, inspiring faculty, friendships forged, how the college changed you, how you changed the college and the world.

October 2011

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