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For more than a month, students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., have been fighting for answers from the school administration as they protested poor housing conditions on campus.
But on Monday, an agreement with protesters at one of the nation’s top historically Black universities had been reached, the school announced in a tweet.
The specific details of the negotiations between students and administration were not immediately available. NPR reached out to Howard University; they did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The university’s president, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, released a video message Monday addressing the end of campus protests and how the school will improve conditions for students.
Howard University is pleased to announce we have come to an agreement with the students who occupied Blackburn, and will share a longer message from Dr. Wayne Frederick on this topic later today.
— Howard University (@HowardU) November 15, 2021
“The health and well-being of our students is the most important part of my job as president,” Frederick said. “As I have said before, even one issue in one of our dormitories is too many, and we will continue to remain vigilant in our pledge to maintain safe and high-end housing.”
He also did not provide details but referenced the school’s 2020 master plan to “grow and invest” in the university, which he said focuses on improving campus experiences for its students, faculty and staff.
During a news conference Monday, student protesters began to celebrate the agreement.
“We spent 33 days saying that not only did our lives mattered, that our voices mattered and our concerns mattered,” said one student leader. “We came, we saw, we declared and we won.”
Students had been sleeping in tents outside the Blackburn University Center…