Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Cancelation of Jeffries's Speech Leads to Six Arrests

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Cancelation of Jeffries's Speech Leads to Six Arrests

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NEW YORK - Six people were arrested earlier this month for blocking the main exit at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island campus after a student government seminar featuring Professor Leonard Jeffries was canceled.

Jeffries, a controversial Black studies professor at the City College of New York, was scheduled to speak in a student government-sponsored seminar on open admissions to City University of New York. The event was canceled after a dispute erupted over the amount of money to be paid to Jeffries's attorney Ron McGuire, who was to have been on a panel with Jeffries and members of the school's student government.

Jeffries was to be paid $1.000 while McGuire wanted $2,500, according to Leonard Ciaccio, assistant to the president of the College of Staten Island.

After the evening seminar was canceled at about 7 p.m., a group of students invited Jeffries to speak at the student center but college security would not let Jeffries onto the campus. When the students got word of this, they rushed to the college's main entrance where Jeffries was waiting in a parked car. …

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