Students Stage Die-In Protests

Students Stage Die-In Protests

We have a long history of political activism here at the University of Michigan, such as the teach-ins that occurred in 1965 protesting the Vietnam War.

Now, in response to the recent grand jury decisions regarding the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, students across campus have been participating in “die-in protests.” A die-in is a form of protest in which participants simulate being dead and often cover themselves in signs or banners to generate dialogue.

Diag Die-In Protest

Students staged a die-in protest on the Central Campus Diag on December 10 to protest injustice and show their support for the social media movements #wecantbreathe and #blacklivesmatter. This protest has gained the support of the Black Student Union, the NAACP, the Black Law Students Association, and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

National White Coat Die-In

The National White Coat Die-In also took place on the Diag. This also served as a response to the events in Ferguson and New York. Medical students across the country will participate in die-ins and in their white coats to spotlight racial bias as a public health issue.

Law Library Die-In

On Dec. 4, students at the Law School staged a die-in protest at the Law Library organized by the Black Law Students’ Association. Students were lying on the floor between open tables for four-and-a-half minutes to simulate the four-and-a-half hours that Michael Brown’s body was left in the street.

Students began their protest in the Law Quad where they put their hands up in solidarity, symbolizing the alleged actions Brown took before his death.

Mason Hall Protest

On Wednesday, December 3, students from a community performance-based women’s studies course protested in Mason Hall to bring awareness to events in Ferguson, Missouri and other events that have been taking place around the world. This performance was a combination of a die-in, a speak-out, and a public posting, where students could write down what they felt was the value of a life on a sticky note and place it near the Mason Posting Wall.


Students from Women’s Studies 346 protesting in Mason Hall.

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