15. Columbia Students Protest Recreation Center
College: Columbia University
City: New York, NY
Number of People Involved: ~1,000
Protests broke out at Columbia University in April 1968, after university officials announced plans to construct a gym in Morningside Park that would give only limited access to residents of nearby Harlem, no doubt, on racial grounds. Students were also aggravated at the time by the university's continued ties to research for the Vietnam war.
On the April 23, large crowds of students began to occupy campus buildings in a demonstration that lasted nearly a week. NYPD officers violently quashed the movement using tear gas. Around 150 students were injured, and more than 700 were arrested, but the recreation center was never built.