Poster #18: The Sir George Williams Protest-

Contextualizing the Sir George Williams Protest

Poster by Lateef Martin

Essay by Funké Aladejebi

On 29 January 1969, roughly 200 university students barricaded themselves in the Computer Centre on the ninth floor of the Henry F. Hall Building at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) in Montreal, Quebec. The standoff was part of a two-week occupation to protest racial discrimination that culminated in riot police forcibly removing and arresting protesters from the building on 11 February 1969. By the time the Sir George Williams protest—often referred to as an “affair” or “riot”—ended, police had arrested 97 people, including both white and black students, and the university had undergone $1 million dollars’ worth of damage. The protest and its aftermath shattered ideas of racial harmony in Canada, and the event remains the country’s largest student occupation.

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Poster #18: The Sir George Williams Protest

Poster #18: The Sir George Williams Protest

Poster #17: Canada’s Internment of Ukrainians, 1914–1920

Poster #17: Canada’s Internment of Ukrainians, 1914–1920

Poster #16: Radical Bookshops in 1930s Montréal

Poster #16: Radical Bookshops in 1930s Montréal

Poster #15: Cape Breton Coal Strikes, 1920s

Poster #15: Cape Breton Coal Strikes, 1920s

Poster #14: The Tsilhqot’in War of 1864

Poster #14: The Tsilhqot’in War of 1864

Drawn to Change Cover

Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggle

Edited by the Graphic History Collective with Paul Buhle

Published by Between the Lines, 2016
$29.95
Paperback / softback, 200 pages
Available to order online and in stores

Canadian labour history and working-class struggles are brought to life in this anthology of nine short comics. Each comic showcases the inspiring efforts and determination of working people who banded together with others to fight to change the world.