Leroy McCray

Leroy McCray

Description: Leroy McCray is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And even though he had a full-ride Track and Field Scholarship offer from Temple, he didn’t want to go to college so close to his high school. His “Welcome to Champaign” included an unfriendly roommate, racial harassment, and a militant police response to a mostly peaceful demonstration at the Illini Union. Leroy’s … Read More

Jeffrey Roberts

Description: Jeffrey Roberts was the only black student in the journalism program when he came to the University of Illinois in the fall of 1968. The passion for writing he brought with him to Illinois stemmed from high school experiences as a bat boy for the Chicago White Sox. In this interview, he recalls his varied experiences as a young … Read More

Karl Huff

Karl Huff

Description: Karl Huff earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1972 from the Department of Fine and Applied Arts. In this interview, he recalls his role in the 1968 Union Demonstration: voicing support of black students’ concerns while acknowledging that he himself had adequate housing. Huff was active on campus in the Black Student Association, Dorm Councils, and the … Read More

Patricia McKinney-Lewis

Patricia McKinney-Lewis

Description: As a high school senior in Danville, Patricia McKinney-Lewis hadn’t originally planned on seeking attendance at the University of Illinois. Participating in American Legion Conferences held annually at Gregory Hall, however, caused her to develop a high opinion of Illinois early on. She viewed it as a highly prestigious institution; maybe too prestigious for her. Project 500 Recruiters convinced … Read More

Raynard Hall

Raynard Hall

Description: Raynard Hall had always knew he wanted to go to college, despite his dad having different ideas for him. He only learned about Project 500 after arriving at Illinois in August 1968. It didn’t take long for him to get involved with student activism on campus, although he describes the Sep. 10, 1968 incident at the Union in passive … Read More

Malcom Rockhold

Malcolm Rockhold

Description: Voice Over Artist Malcolm Rockhold came to U of I in the fall of 1969. He talks about his rough transition to campus culture, but credits Jeffrey Roberts and other Project 500 sophomores for helping him find his way. His interview provides insight on the importance of community and mentoring for black college freshmen at Predominantly White Institutions (PWI) … Read More

Laquida Glover

LaQuida Glover

Description: Laquida Glover was born in Batesville, Mississippi. She was attracted to the University of Illinois through a Project 500 Newspaper flyer promising free tuition for college. Her mother, Thelma Thomas Glover Childress, was active in the Civil Rights Movement. She talks about the influences her upbringing and experiences at the University of Illinois had on her journey to becoming … Read More

Connie Eggleston

Connie Eggleston

Description: Connie Penda-Eggelston was born in Chicago in 1948 to well-known musicians. Her older brother, a Project 500 Recruiter, convinced her to come back to the Illinois in 1968 after she withdrew from the University from her first term starting in 1966. She was a member of BSA and participated in the September 10, 1968 Union Demonstration. Participating in cultural … Read More

Willard Broom

Description: Willard Broom attended the University of Illinois in the late 1960s. At first, Willard was oblivious to political activity on campus; but he has memories of escalating tension and violence that surrounded the Vietnam War, Project 500, and environmental concerns. Date of Interview: 2/17/2010 Interviewer: Daniel Raymond Transcript: Willard Broom Oral History Transcript Related Resources: Archives Alumni Oral History Project Files

Quad Day Alumni & Administrators

Description: A group of men who were students and administrators in the late 1960s and early 1970s recall violence and political turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and more. The group also discusses the first Quad Day and Project 500. Interviewees include David Bechtel, Mark Herriot, Daniel Perrino, Willard Broom, and Hugh Satterlee. Date … Read More