Allen Building takeover collection, 1969-2002

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Title:Allen Building takeover collection, 1969-2002

On February 13, 1969, Duke University students belonging to the Afro-American Society occupied the school's main administration building to bring attention to the needs of African American students. These needs included an African American studies department, an African American student union, and increased enrollment and financial support for African American students. This and subsequent events became known as the Allen Building Takeover. The Allen Building Takeover Collection contains announcements, flyers, publications, correspondence, handouts, reports, transcripts, ephemera, clippings, a bibliography, WDBS radio broadcasts, oral histories, and photographs documenting Black Culture Week (Feb. 4-12, 1969), the Allen Building Takeover (Feb. 13, 1969), student demands, statements by Provost Marcus Hobbs and by Duke President Douglas Knight, student convocations and demonstrations both in support of and against the Takeover, and later events on the Duke campus and in Durham, North Carolina. In addition, the collection contains clippings and artwork related to remembering the Takeover, including the 2002 Allen Building lock-in. Major subjects include African American students and civil rights demonstrations.

Subjects:Knight, Douglas M., 1921-2005 | African American students--North Carolina--Durham | African Americans--Political activity | African Americans--Social conditions | African American student movements--North Carolina--Durham | Civil rights demonstrations--North Carolina--Durham | Race relations | Durham (N.C.)--Race relations | African American college students--North Carolina--Durham | Duke University--Administration | Duke University. Afro-American Society | Duke University--Buildings | Duke University--History--20th century | Duke University--Students | Student participation in administration--North Carolina--Durham | College students--Political activity--North Carolina--Durham | United States, North Carolina, Durham County, Durham, 35.9940329, -78.898619
Institution:Duke University Libraries
Contributors:David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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