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This Week in Princeton History for October 17-23

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a junior is arrested for anti-censorship activism in South Africa, the school celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding, and more.

October 17, 1967—Bob Durkee ’69’s in-depth award-winning article, “A New Era for the Negro at Princeton,” first appears in the Daily Princetonian.

Clipping from the Daily Princetonian.

October 18, 2000—Maurice Sendak, author of 1963’s Where the Wild Things Are, tells an audience in McCosh 50, “Adults were critical of the book, but children loved it.”

Advertisement from the Daily Princetonian.

October 20, 1977—Peter E. Maritz ’79 is arrested at a peaceful demonstration against censorship in South Africa and charged with violating the “Riotous Assemblies Act.”

Peter E. Maritz ’79 demonstrating in South Africa. Photo from the Daily Princetonian.

October 21, 1896—2,000 people march to Nassau Hall by torchlight to mark Princeton University’s sesquicentennial.

Princeton University Sesquicentennial Torchlight Procession, October 21, 1896. Princeton Sesquicentennial Celebration Records (AC141), Box 1.

For last week’s installment in this series, click here.

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