DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University marked a major anniversary, Saturday.

Several African-American alumni were honored for their bravery in the Allen building takeover 50 years ago. In 1969, nearly 75 students barricaded themselves inside while demanding equality.

The standoff lasted for less than a day. The group pushed for more black student enrollment and financial support.

One alumna says she remembers that day well.

“That day was about standing up to the university, saying we had enough and changes need to be made,” Cheri James said.

In the end, the university put 47 students on a one-year probation for their participation.

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