Introduction: A Moment in Time, 1968: A special series on the 40th anniversary of a year of upheaval, in a world seemingly out of control.

Content: In early 1968, Columbia University was the scene of several outbreaks of student hostility toward University policy. One of the most contentious campus issues was the construction of a student gymnasium to be built on a parcel of public land on the edge of predominately black Harlem. Five days after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Columbia held a memorial service. During the proceedings, Mark Rudd, the President of the local chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), took the stage, seized the microphone and denounced the hypocrisy of the University for honoring King while disrespecting Harlem by continuing to push out its residents through the construction of new buildings. The controversy over the gym escalated, but more importantly, opposition to the war in Vietnam led to an explosion at Columbia.

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