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Manhattanville College Recognizes 50th Anniversary of March on Washington in Exhibit


March on WashingtonThe Library has an exhibit placed in the Index Room that features Manhattanville College students participating in the March on Washington, in commemoration of the historical event that took place 50 years ago on August 28, 1963. The exhibit features Manhattanville students’ participation in Civil Rights demonstrations including the 1961 Lunch Counter Sit-Ins, the 1963 March on Washington, and the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March. In addition to this exhibit the library has digitized 200 documents and photographs that detail Manhattanville’s History of Social Action from 1933 to 1966. To view this collection visit:

Manhattanville’s commitment to social action is at the very core of the institution and has been a consistent element of its identity from its earliest years when it took a decisive stand in the fight against racism and discrimination in 1933, decades before the Civil Rights Movement. Over the next thirty years Manhattanville consistently created publications, hosted events, participated in demonstrations, and solidified its place as a beacon to other socially aware colleges. Throughout the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s Manhattanville focused on the need for racial equality. In 1946 Manhattanville founded the NFCCS National Commission on Interracial Justice. By 1960 headquarters of NFCCS social activism was placed at Manhattanville through the Social Action Secretariat.