The Blackburn Takeover is a student protest at Howard University in Washington, D.C. that started on October 12, 2021, to protest poor housing conditions. Leaders in this protest include Aniyah Vines, Deja Redding, Jasmine Joof, Lettirose Cargill, Cherelle Muhammad, Tyler Davis, and Elishabeth Cunningham. The #BlackburnTakeover went viral on social media platforms including Instagram and Twitter. The Live Movement, which is a HBCU coalition, helped in this protest by amplifying the protest. A primary complaint of the protesters include mold, mice, flooding and substandard living conditions in residential buildings on campus. Around 150 students have erected a tent city outside of the Blackburn University Center, demanding an improvement in living conditions and representation on the university's board of trustees.
The students have 4 demands which are as follows:
The university claimed that as a result of the protest, Sodexho food service employees of the Blackburn café were laid off.
A number of prominent figures came out in support of the student protest.