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Student Activism at Middlebury College

As part of Middlebury College Special Collections' commitment to preserving and providing access to a complex record of student life, we are sharing a selection of 19th-21st Century primary documents related to student activism at Middlebury.  We hope that the items in this collection contribute to a more complete history of the College, its student body, the broader communities in which they reside, and the rich - and sometimes controversial - history of political and cultural discourse on camp...



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Student strikers gathered at Middlebury College, May 1970.
Topics: Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam War
Source: S6
Signs protesting the Vietnam War at Middlebury College, 1972/
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Images of “Divestment wall” at Middlebury College
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes,...
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Protestors gathered against the Vietnam War in 1968. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: 1968 strike, Student activism, Vietnam War, Protests, Student protestors, Activism, Anti-war...
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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Walkout in support of a “Sanctuary Campus” at Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Sanctuary campus, Immigration
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Students gathered at Middlebury College during the May 1970 student strike.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Bulletin board at Middlebury College during the May 1970 student strike, displaying material from student organizers, the Black Panther Party, etc.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Protesters gathered against the Vietnam War during the March 1970 student strike, Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Students gathered at Middlebury College during the March 1970 student strike. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Walkout in support of a “Sanctuary Campus” at Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Sanctuary campus, Immigration
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Walkout in support of a “Sanctuary Campus” at Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Sanctuary campus, Immigration
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Community members protesting Donald Trump’s election to the US Presidency at Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Trump, Donald, 1946-,...
Source: S6 photo file
Student strikers gathered at Middlebury College, May 1970.
Topics: Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam War
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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A letter to parents of Middlebury College students describing the aims and methods of the Black Panther Party, with text reprinted from “What do the Panthers stand for”.
Topics: Student activism, Racism on campus, Student strikes, Black Panther Party, Middlebury College,...
Source: S6
Protesters gathered against the Vietnam War during the March 1970 student strike, Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Protester holding an American flag during the March 1970 student strike at Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Student organizers at Middlebury College during the May 1970 student strike.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Middlebury Special Collections
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Students assemble outside Old Chapel in support of institutional divestment from the fossil fuel industry, Sept. 28, 2018 (Middlebury, Vt.)
Topics: Middlebury College, Divestment, Environmentalism, Student activism, Protest
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by I Am Addis
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Satirical wanted poster created by students at Middlebury College in response to the racial profiling of student Addis Fouche-Channer '17 by Middlebury College Public Safety.  The College accused Fouche-Channer of involvement in the March 2, 2017 protests against guest speaker Charles Murray based on the uncorroborated testimony of a Public Safety officer; Fouche-Channer argued that she did not attend the protest and was not in the area at the time. This image is a digtized version of the...
Topics: Racism on campus, March 2nd protests, Racial profiling, Student activism, Title IX, Law...
Source: S6
Display sponsored by the Middlebury Radical Education Action Project, 1972.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Statement from the president of Middlebury College concerning an 1879 student walkout in protest of disciplinary actions against a member of the Sophomore class.
Topics: Student activism, Middlebury College, Student strikes, College presidents, Student discipline
Source: A2
Students gathered at Middlebury College during the May 1970 student strike.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Graffiti on campus, Fall 2017.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student protest, Racism on campus, Vandalism, Graffiti
Source: S6 photo file
Topics: Middlebury College, Abortion, Student activism, Petitions, Crisis pregnancy centers, Women’s...
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Protestors gathered against the Vietnam War in 1968. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: 1968 strike, Student activism, Vietnam War, Protests, Student protestors, Activism, Anti-war...
Source: S6 photo file
The Concerned Students of Middlebury make a formal statement that aims to reaffirm the need for and purpose of student leaders on campus (in the various forms that leadership may take). We call on the College to do the following: create avenues for supplemented professional development training for interested student leaders that they can use in their future endeavors and allow for the creation of a leadership council composed of self-elected members of each cluster that recommends pedagogical...
Topics: Middlebury College, Born-digital, Concerned Students of Middlebury, CSM, Black@Midd, Black at Midd,...
Source: S2
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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Walkout in support of a “Sanctuary Campus” at Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Sanctuary campus, Immigration
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Students at Middlebury College stage a “die-in” against racism and police violence in solidarity with protesters at Ferguson, MO and Black Lives Matter.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Racism on campus, Black...
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Community members protesting Donald Trump’s election to the US Presidency at Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Trump, Donald, 1946-,...
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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Students at Middlebury College stage a “die-in” against racism and police violence in solidarity with protesters at Ferguson, MO and Black Lives Matter.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Racism on campus, Black...
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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Students at Middlebury College stage a “die-in” against racism and police violence in solidarity with protesters at Ferguson, MO and Black Lives Matter.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Racism on campus, Black...
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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Students at Middlebury College stage a “die-in” against racism and police violence in solidarity with protesters at Ferguson, MO and Black Lives Matter.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Racism on campus, Black...
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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Walkout in support of a “Sanctuary Campus” at Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Sanctuary campus, Immigration
Source: S6 photo file
Student with protest sign at Middlebury College, 1986.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Cold War
Source: S6
Protesters gathered against the Vietnam War during the March 1970 student strike, Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Pamphlet calling for “10 days of resistance” from April 22 to May 1, 2017 in protest of the Trump/Pence administration. This flyer was posted in the Davis Library at Middlebury College in April 2017. These include the 4/22/17 March for Science, 4/29/17 People’s Climate March, and 5/1/17 protests around immigration issues in Washington DC. This is a digitized version of the original held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
Topics: Student activism, Campus politics, Anti-Trump, March for Science, Middlebury College, Anti-fascism
Source: College Archives
Students gathered at Middlebury College during the May 1970 student strike.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by Middlebury College Faculty Council
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Draft with handwritten notes. This resource has been digitized from the original, held at Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury College, Faculty council, Grading, Faculty, Student strikes, College council
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by Middlebury College Strike Committee
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Daily schedule of activities distributed during the 1970 student strike at Middlebury College. This resource has been digitized from the original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student strikes, Student activism, Anti-war protest, Campus politics, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College Special Collections
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Photographs taken of the estimated 500 people at College Park in Middlebury, Vermont as part of the Global Climate Strike held Friday, September 20, 2019.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Climate change, Global warming, Protest movements, Student...
Middlebury Special Collections
by Concerned Students of Middlebury
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Constitution and Code of Conduct for Concerned Students of Middlebury. updated in May 2021.
Topics: Middlebury College, Born-digital, Concerned Students of Middlebury, Racism, Anti-racism,...
Source: S2
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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March against police violence and racism at Middlebury College, in response to the killing of Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Ferguson unrest, Black Lives...
Source: S6 photo file
This is a digitized version of the original memo, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
Topics: Student activism, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vandalism, Middlebury College, Arson
Source: S6
Middlebury Special Collections
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Audio recordings from the 1970 student strike, Middlebury College.
Topics: WRMC, Middlebury College, Student activism, Student strikes, Speeches, Audio recordings
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Graffiti on campus, Fall 2017.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student protest, Racism on campus, Vandalism, Graffiti
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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Community members protesting Donald Trump’s election to the US Presidency at Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Trump, Donald, 1946-,...
Source: S6 photo file
"The Concerned Students of Middlebury stand strongly against the recent decision made by the governor of the state of Vermont to disinclude college students not originating from the state of Vermont in the COVID-19 vaccination process. As an issue both of equity and community health, the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the strongest solutions to curb the spread of a virus that has disproportionately impacted marginalized communities on a national and local scale. Exclusion of members of the...
Topics: Middlebury College, Born-digital, Concerned Students of Middlebury, CSM, COVID-19, Coronavirus,...
Source: S2
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by Sullivan, Barbara
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Letter distributed to women attending Middlebury College during 1970, promoting women’s liberation and various related activities on campus.
Topics: Student activism, Gender on campus, Women’s liberation, Feminism, Campus politics, Middlebury...
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by The Continual Presence in Washington
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Flyer for the Continual Presence in Washington organizing group.
Topics: Campus politics, Student strikes, Middlebury College, Continuing Presence in Washington, Anti-war...
Source: S6
Student strikers gathered at Middlebury College, May 1970.
Topics: Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam War
Source: S6
Protesters gathered against the Vietnam War during the March 1970 student strike, Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Walkout in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, MO at Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Ferguson unrest, Black Lives...
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Students at Middlebury College stage a “die-in” against racism and police violence in solidarity with protesters at Ferguson, MO and Black Lives Matter.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Racism on campus, Black...
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Community members protesting Donald Trump’s election to the US Presidency at Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Trump, Donald, 1946-,...
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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March against police violence and racism at Middlebury College, in response to the killing of Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Ferguson unrest, Black Lives...
Source: S6 photo file
Topics: Middlebury College, Abortion, Student activism, Protest, Crisis pregnancy centers, Women’s...
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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Students at Middlebury College stage a “die-in” against racism and police violence in solidarity with protesters at Ferguson, MO and Black Lives Matter.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Racism on campus, Black...
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Community members assembling in solidarity with student protesters facing disciplinary action at Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, March 2nd protests
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by Cueno, John ; Vine Ed
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Letter to students staying with townspeople in Middlebury and Rutland during the 1970 student strike, advising on manners and decorum. This resource has been digitized from the original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student strikes, Student activism, Town-gown relations, Campus politics,...
Source: S6
Protesters gathered against the Vietnam War during the March 1970 student strike, Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Anti-war protests, Campus politics, Student strikes, Vietnam...
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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Students at Middlebury College stage a “die-in” against racism and police violence in solidarity with protesters at Ferguson, MO and Black Lives Matter.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Racism on campus, Black...
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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Walkout in support of a “Sanctuary Campus” at Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Sanctuary campus, Immigration
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by Margaret Lindon
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First-year senator Charles Rainey reads a selection of messages about him posted to the social media app YikYak, 2016.  Rainey had recently written an article published in the Middlebury Campus student newspaper that criticized the College’s MLK Today event and calling for condemnation of racially-charged comments made by Justice Anthony Scalia regarding Black students on college campuses.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Student government, YikYak, Social media, Racism, Racism on...
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by Middlebury College Faculty Council
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This resource has been digitized from the original, held at Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student strikes, Campus politics, Faculty council, Faculty, Student activism
Source: S6
A letter from student organizers to graduating seniors at Middlebury College, calling on students to wear an armband in protest against the Vietnam War during commencement.
Topics: Student activism, Campus politics, Anti-war protest, Vietnam War, Middlebury College, Commencement...
Source: S6
Middlebury Special Collections
by Elissa Asch
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Topics: Middlebury College, Abortion, Student activism, Petitions, Crisis pregnancy centers, Women’s...
Source: S6
Middlebury College Newspapers and Magazines
by Middlebury College
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Topics: College newspapers, Middlebury College, Middlebury Campus, 1970
Source: College Archives
Middlebury Special Collections
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Student Government Association (SGA) resolution F2019-SR7 entitled: Resolution in Support of Ethical Investing of Middlebury's Endowment. The bill was sponsored by Bobbi Finkelstein and Elisa Gan. In the bill, the SGA resolved that Middlebury College use divestment from fossil fuels as an opportunity to shift investments towards more ethical companies and sectors that align with Middlebury's mission. 
Topics: Student government, SGA, Student Government Association, Sustainability, Environmentalism,...
Source: S4
Middlebury Special Collections
by Concerned Students at Middlebury
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Statement and Resolutions from the Concerned Students of Middlebury (formerly Black@Midd) released in January 2021 following the attack on the United States Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. The statement revealed that the student group would release one resolution per week during J-term and that fellow students would be invited to sign their petitions.
Topics: Middlebury College, Born-digital, Resolutions, Concerned Students of Middlebury, Black@Midd,...
Source: S2
Middlebury Special Collections
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Students assemble outside Old Chapel in support of institutional divestment from the fossil fuel industry, Sept. 28, 2018 (Middlebury, Vt.)
Topics: Middlebury College, Divestment, Environmentalism, Student activism, Protest
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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Walkout in support of a “Sanctuary Campus” at Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Sanctuary campus, Immigration
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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Walkout in support of a “Sanctuary Campus” at Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Sanctuary campus, Immigration
Source: S6 photo file
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by General Strike Committee
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Bulletin describing events, speakers, and activities during the 1970 student strike at Middlebury College.
Topics: Student activism, Campus politics, Anti-war protest, Vietnam War, Middlebury College, Student...
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by Middlebury College Faculty Council
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Proposal put to the Middlebury College faculty council on grading procedures with respect to the 1970 student strike.
Topics: Faculty council, Campus politics, Middlebury College, Student strikes, Academics, College archives
Source: S6
Student Activism at Middlebury College
by O’hara, Michael
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Students at Middlebury College stage a “die-in” against racism and police violence in solidarity with protesters at Ferguson, MO and Black Lives Matter.
Topics: Middlebury College, Student activism, Campus protest, Campus politics, Racism on campus, Black...
Source: S6 photo file