From the Nominator
"In 1970, a group of Black students risked their college careers to help Wagner become a more equitable place for all of us. Wagner Magazine Editor Lee Manchester writes about it in his "from the editor" column:
"Those young men and women put their college careers and their futures on the line to make Wagner a better, more accessible, more diverse place for all of us. Their story is an important alumni story—an important Wagner story. And when the 50th anniversary of the occupation arrived last year, I knew it was time to tell that story."
The original text was over 8,500 words. We hired Stephanie Siek, a freelance writer and member of the National Association of Black Journalists, to help trim it down to 5,000 words, allowing it to be our Wagner Magazine cover story.
This was not an easy story to tell, and it did not always put Wagner College in the best light. But it was time to share the full story and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Read Manchester's entire introduction online: https://wagner.edu/wagnermagazine/from-the-editor/"
From the Judges
Powerful story with strong narrative that was compelling and candid. Also very well-written and keeps the reader engaged!