Student Sit-In at Howard Protests Housing Conditions and 'Lack of Representation'

A student-led protest and sit-in at Howard University is entering day two, reports wtop.com. Protesting what they say are poor housing conditions and a lack of representation on the school's board of trustees, the students are occupying the Blackburn University Center and refusing to leave until administrators address their demands.

Blackburn University CenterBlackburn University CenterThe students are asking for an in-person town hall with Howard President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, the reinstating of voting affiliate trustee positions and a meeting with student leadership to address future housing plans.

“We have frequently voiced our displeasure. We have frequently asked for our voices to be heard. This is the culmination of the frustration of the unheard," said one student,  who described the protest as peaceful. According to the news service, students were occupying the hallway "in a quiet manner" while three campus officers stood near the building's entrance, barring students who leave the demonstration from reentering.