Strike Day and Pleasure Fair

On April 8, 1970, University of Kansas students boycotted classes and around 4,000 students staged a "seize" of Strong Hall to protest the Kansas Board of Regents' decision not to promote law professor Lawrence Velvel and acting professor of speech and Drama Frederic Litto. The only two professors not promoted at March 21 meeting of the Board, Vevel was denied due to speech he gave to protestors in February regarding the "Chicago 7" trial involving Abbie Hoffman and Litto was denied because of his involvement with an "obscene play" he had directed in Europe called Kalediscope of the American Dream. This student strike coincided with Abbie Hoffman's visit to KU. Hoffman spoke to a crowd of 8,000 at Allen Fieldhouse, you can read more on his visit on KU History.