Mold, Rats, Roaches: Inside Howard University Students’ Sit-In Over “Unlivable” Housing Conditions

“These Black Students Right Now Are Being Oppressed By The Administration…” When a student-led protest began at Howard University’s Armour J. Blackburn Center in early October, many were shocked to learn the students were protesting against unsafe housing conditions. Claims of mold, rats, roaches, and other unlivable conditions inside on-campus dormitories seemed unfathomable for the 154-year-old Washington, D.C. based institution. But for a group of students, this is their reality. Led by mostly freshman and sophomore students, the sit-in protest —dubbed “The Blackburn Takeover” — is being spearheaded by the organization The Live Movement, a national coalition of students that… Read Full Article