Interview with Robin Gregory
QUESTION 23
INTERVIEWER:

So how did the coronation lead to other political activities?

ROBIN GREGORY:

Well, the coronation itself was, um, was a pivotal point, and, and it energized a lot of people, causing them to begin to question a lot of the issues that we were bringing forward. And one of the things that happened, that was a big incident on the campus, was the spring after the coronation, the spring of, ah, 1967. Someone had invited General Hershey to the campus. And General Hershey was, um, the head of the draft board. And people were just becoming aware of the Vietnamese War. And the fact that people were being drafted and sent to Vietnam, and that a large number of those people were Black people. So, when we found out that he was being invited to speak, we decided that we didn't want that to happen, and we staged a demonstration. And, you know, in essence, we didn't allow him to speak. There was a lot of shouting from the audience. There was a number of people--there were a number of people that had placards that stormed the stage, and, um, just booed him, essentially, out of the auditorium. And after that there were some incidents where he was hung in effigy on the campus and there were some statements being made to the university newspaper about Hershey being there. Um, that, that was also used by the administration seized on this, and tried to expel me. There were, there were trials, there were hearings on the campus of the people on the campus who had been identified as being a part of the demonstration. And, um, there was a lot of reporting in the media about it. So, it was, that was an energizing event as well.