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Arts and Programs, 1970s

Black Student Movement Arts and Programs, 1970s Black Student Movement Arts and Programs, 1970s

The Black Student Movement has sponsored numerous programs, festivals, and events related to African Americans and African American history. Events in the 1970s included the Black Arts Festival (pictured above), an all-day program honoring Malcolm X; a sickle cell anemia test and information drive; and Black History Week, during which Bobby Seale (co-founder with Huey P. Newton of the Black Panther Party) was a guest speaker. They also tutored children, sponsored programs for the elderly, and held memorials for people like James Cates (the African American student who was stabbed to death in the Pit in 1970) and James H. Brewer (African American history professor and director of the African American Studies Program, who passed away in 1974). In addition, they co-sponsored Project Uplift, along with Student Government, Undergraduate Admissions, and the Department of Student Affairs.

Photos: 1979 Yackety Yack, pp. 46-47