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Swarthmore College Black Studies Program Records


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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In 1968 a Black Studies Committee was formed at Swarthmore College. The committee was made up of faculty and students their goal was to design a student lead course of study for a Black Studies concentration while petitioning Swarthmore College to form an official Black Studies Program. In 1969 four students, Marilyn Allman (Maye), Harold Buchanan, Jannette Domingo, Michael Graves, and Marilyn Holifield, graduated with concentrations in Black Studies. In 1970 the Black Studies Program was officially approved by the college and Dr. Clement Cottingham, Jr. was appointed to be its first director. The foundation of an official Black Studies Program allowed multiple new classes to be offered including Black Literature, Economics of the Black Community, a two-semester course on Afro-American History, Politics of the Urban Ghetto, Black Theology, and African Modernization.

This collection includes records and publications from the Black Studies Program at Swarthmore College. This includes multiple posters for speakers and events hosted by the Black Studies Program and a copy of Stayed on Freedom: reflections on SNCC at 50.

This collection has been arranged into two series, one series includes the posts for events hosted by the program, the other series includes records and publications of the program.

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Stayed on Freedom: reflections on SNCC at 50, 2011.

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