A New Day
In the midst of chaotic student unrest Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, April 4th, 1968, gave light to a new opportunity for collaboration between students and administration. NYU responded by cancelling classes for two days and devoted those days to student-faculty workshops on racism.
A student-faculty committee formed, which provided recommendations to the University Senate on university policy towards minorities. The following week, the University Senate approved recommendations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute to be built on campus. The institute was created to serve as a place where people can learn about the dynamics of black culture.