Emile Pitre, a founding member of the Black Student Union at the University of Washington, was among the students who participated in the May 20, 1968, sit-in. Now 73, Pitre has made promoting minority affairs and diversity at the UW his life’s work.  (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Emile Pitre is a founding member of the Black Student Union, or BSU, at the University of Washington. Fifty years ago, on May 20th, 1968, members of the BSU occupied the office of Charles Odegaard, the president of the University, imploring him to take action on diversifying the university and its teachings. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

How black students’ four-hour sit-in in 1968 led to big UW changes

Fifty years ago, black students at the University of Washington staged a sit-in to push the university to better serve its minority of students — a bold move that led to major changes at the school.

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