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On April 14, 1966, while NYU President James Hester cut the blue ribbon at the opening of the University's 7th Annual International Festival before a crowd of smiling diplomats, students representing CORE, SNCC, SDS, the West Indian Studentís Association and the Organization of African Students picket Loeb Student Center to protest the presence of South African Consul General Charles Fincham.

Students were objecting to South Africa's Apartheid policy. Chants of "Racism Must Go!" could be heard through the windows of the lobby as Dr. Hester led members of New York's diplomatic corps around.

Front page of the Washington Square Journal, 4/18/66. NYU Archives Collection.