Advocating for African Americans in College

Seven Sisters and a Brother

Co-authored by Jannette Domingo ’66, Ph.D., Seven Sisters and a Brother: Friendship, Resistance, and Untold Truths Behind Black Student Activism in the 1960s (Books & Books Press 2019) presents the experience of students who engaged in an eight day sit in to protest decreased enrollment of African Americans at Swarthmore College in 1969. The group, comprised of seven women and one man, advocated for the hiring of additional African American faculty and demanded a Black Studies curriculum. The book gives new perspective about the sit in, as the media had cast the peaceful protest in a negative light; in fact, today’s inclusive curriculum at the college is directly due to the activists’ efforts. Autobiographical chapters round out the text.