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First Amendment Library:
F. Michael Ahern


Students at Central Connecticut State College attempted to gain official recognition for a campus chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, a student organization famous for its activism, including “sit-ins” at various college campuses, on behalf of the Civil Rights Movement and against the Vietnam War. The college president denied recognition because he believed that the campus chapter held values antithetical to the college, would be a disruptive influence, and would not be independent of the national organization.