Protest movements have been part of American history from the very beginning. Many important reforms in American life have originated as protests against established practices, and Colleges and Universities have long been the cite of many of these historic protests.
During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, college students protested segregation and marched for civil rights. In 1960, four black students from North Carolina A&T State University held a sit-in at a "whites only" lunch counter, an act that inspired thousands of students to join the civil rights movement.
More recently, Campus activism has often focused on the issue of safety. From gun control groups to sexual assault activists, students have pushed institutions to protect people on campus and successfully advocated for sweeping changes.