Building Community through Shared History - A KU Memorial Union Program

This Week in KU History

  • In a vivid display of 1930s-era pacifism, 700 KU students gather in front of Fowler for a Student Strike Against War Committee protest rally, part of a global antiwar demonstration taking place on 140 campuses across the country and around the world.

  • Jess Stewart, chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, announces the selection of Archie R. Dykes as the 13th chancellor of the University. He replace E, Laurence Chalmers. Dykes had spent most of his professional career in Tennessee.
  • A week after losing in the NCAA National Championship, Roy Williams announces his decision to resign and return to the University of North Carolina as their new head coach.
  • Professor Clarence A. Johnson of the KU School of Engineering is granted a leave of absence to oversee installation of the electric circuit necessary for operating the Panama Canal.
  • The KU chapter of the Committee on Racial Equality (CORE) stages a sit-in at Brick’s Cafe in an attempt to force the owner to serve African-Americans.


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