Fight for Your Rights!

During the 20th century students began to demand that the University develop a more democratic structure. Specifically in the 1960s students began to challenge the University's political and cultural orientation. Student groups began to surface such as the Black Allied Students Association (BASA), New Student Union, the Ad Hoc Committee for a Democratic University, and more.

A fair amount of students and teachers risked their position at NYU to challenge the administration on discrimination and their position on the Vietnam War. Students were heard via strikes, protests, sit ins and rallies. In the face of much opposition, student groups held meetings, expressed themselves creatively, and developed strategies to create a black culture on campus.