For the same reason the Library Mall is used for many University sponsored events, it is also a
typical place for students to stage protests and express themselves. The exterior walls of Willis
Library have often been used as a place for students to express themselves during protests. Even
before construction was complete on the library, the surrounding fencing was spray painted by
students protesting the military draft during the Vietnam War. More recently students have continued
this tradition, with protest posters hung on the exterior walls of Willis Library in 2016, during a
rally expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and condemning anti-Blackness in American
culture and politics.
The Library Mall is also a popular place for street preachers and those promoting hate speech to perform
on campus, which often involves students spontaneously assembling counter-protests, such as this example in 2018.