Howard Students End Demonstrations After Reaching an Agreement With School Officials

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After a month-long standoff, the students of Howard University agree to end protests over housing conditions and have reached an agreement with the school’s officials, CNN reports.

Wayne Frederick, the president of Howard, said in a video message on Monday afternoon that the agreement between the school and the student protesters was a “welcome step forward.”

“The health and well-being of our students is the most important part of my job as president,” Frederick said. “As I have said before, even one issue in one of our dormitories is too many, and we will continue to remain vigilant in our pledge to maintain safe and high-end housing.”

Although details of the agreement were not disclosed to the public yet, Frederick pledged to “work collaboratively” to create a culture where everyone’s voices are prioritized. He said he would share details “soon on our ideas that will address concerns and build a culture where all are heard.”

“The health and well-being of our students is the most important part of my job as president,” he continued.

Jasmine Joof, a spokeswoman for the #BlackburnTakeover, also said on Monday in a statement to CNN that “we have achieved increased scrutiny, transparency, and accountability.”

During a news conference held Monday, student activists celebrated coming to terms with the administration of the university, NPR reported.

“We spent 33 days saying that not only did our lives mattered, that our voices mattered and our concerns mattered,” said one student leader. “We came, we saw, we declared and we won.”

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As EBONY previously reported, on October 12, Howard students staged a sit-in over poor housing and the lack of representation of students on the school’s board of trustees. In protest, students had been sleeping in tents outside the Blackburn University Center as a means to draw attention to their cause and for the officials of the school to meet their demands.

The demonstrations last month were the first at Howard since the sit-in protest in 2018, when the student group HU Resist demanded that the university allow student representation on the board of trustees. 

Eventually, the Howard administrators permitted an affiliate representative on the board, and the sit-in ended after nine days.

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