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Through Penn history, racial tensions laid bare

(09/16/14 5:48am)

T h e crowd grew by the hundreds, accumulating outside of Penn President Sheldon Hackney’s campus house, the protesters chanting for him to come out and meet them face to face. It was April 1992, and students had stormed down Walnut Street alongside Philadelphia residents to call for an end to the racial discrimination that had plagued the country for centuries. Like countless others across the nation, the protest erupted after the brutal beating of a black man named Rodney King.