‘Faculty and student silence means nothing less than passive consent’: Chronicling the fight for a Black Studies Center in Claremont

The 1960s were an eventful time for Black students at the 5Cs. Until 1967, they didn’t have a Black Student Union, which eventually came to fruition largely because of the efforts of Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran PO ’69, John Payton PO ’73 and Danny Wilks PO ’71. 

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From Claremont to the Supreme Court: John Payton’s PO ’73 search for knowledge and justice

Well before he was tackling some of the most monumental affirmative action cases before the Supreme Court, John Payton PO ’73 was advocating for the rights of Black students at the 5Cs. 

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From Black student admissions to Black-centered curriculum, Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran PO ‘69 paved the way

From Compton to Claremont to Kalamazoo, Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran PO ’69 has been a trailblazer in the field of education her entire life. What started as activism in her teenage years only grew stronger as an undergraduate at Pomona College, carrying through in her years in Nigeria and as president of Kalamazoo College.

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