A group of Howard University students has taken over the Blackburn Center building on campus in an effort to amplify their demands, including changes to the board of trustees and addressing the HBCU's "housing crisis."

GOP leaders also shuttered C-SPAN's live coverage of the protest, but that did not stop policy makers from tweeting and posting live feeds on Facebook and Periscope to disseminate their cause.

Several Democratic lawmakers are prepared to wait out the night, possibly into the next few days.