On This Day in IUPUI History: March 27, 1982

March 27, 1982. 

On this day, IUPUI students, including the IUPUI Progressive Student Union, joined 25,000 others in a march in Washington, D.C., to protest the United States' intervention in a civil war in the Central American country of El Salvador. Protesters from around the country chanted as they marched: "Hey, hey, Uncle Sam, We remember Vietnam," or "Say no to racism, no to war, Get U.S. out of El Salvador!" 

While student activism at IUPUI probably peaked in the 1970s, the foreign and domestic policies of President Ronald Reagan's administration (1981-1989) reinvigorated student movements and prompted many to join marches. The cover of the March 31, 1982 edition of the IUPUI Sagamore, the student newspaper, featured a photo of IUPUI students participating in the Washington march. 

Cover of IUPUI Sagamore, March 31, 1982

To learn more about student activism at IUPUI, please visit IUPUI Special Collections and Archives. Contact us at speccoll@iupui.edu

Updated Mar 27, 2019 by Editor Name Missing