Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Former Campus Militant Returns as Affirmative Action Director

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Former Campus Militant Returns as Affirmative Action Director

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- The University of Rhode Island (URI), strained by racial tension, has hired a new affirmative action director familiar with campus unrest.

Louis S. Francis Jr. was among more than a dozen Black University of Rhode Island students who barricaded themselves inside the administration building for nearly 24 hours to protest the treatment of minority students in 1971. Blocking doors with chains, chairs, and filing cabinets, the protesters refused to leave until officials listened to their concerns.

"There was an insensitivity to the growing needs of a minority population," Francis told The Providence Journal. "We felt that we were not embraced."

Francis became a law school graduate, a successful businessman, and a vice president of the Rhode Island NAACP. Now, he returns to his alma mater to once again tackle minority issues as URI's new director of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity.

The announcement came a month after unrest that was sparked by the publication of a controversial cartoon in the student newspaper, The Good Five-Cent Cigar. A group of Black activists alleged the cartoon's publication reflects racism on campus.

Although the newspaper says the cartoon was misunderstood, one of the managing editors has resigned to take another job. A journalism professor who is on the newspaper's advisory, board says she hopes the move is not seen as a win for critics of the paper.

The Cigar had its funding temporarily cut off in December by the Student Senate after members of the Brothers United for Action (BUA) accused the newspaper of Dr. …

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