On Jan. 8, 1969, approximately 70 African-American students took control of Ford and Sydeman Halls. The students quickly presented the administration with a list of 10 demands for better minority representation on campus. Although the administration did not come to an agreement on all 10 demands, the students left Ford and Sydeman halls on Jan. 18, 11 days after the occupation began. The administration did grant most of the students amnesty and President Morris Abram stated that every legitimate demand would be met in good faith. On April 24, 1969, the faculty approves the African and Afro-American department. Then on April 30, 1969, Ronald Walters was announced as chair of the African and Afro-American department. The dpeartmnent continues to grow. The award-winning AAAS faculty offer courses from a range of disciplines.