Course Description

ONLINE: This lecture course is about the contested fight for racial justice at Duke University from the enrollment of the first Black undergraduates in 1963 to the takeover of part of the central administration building less than six years later. The course will look at the background of Duke’s first Black students, how racial attitudes shaped the way these students were received at the school, and the immense challenges the university faced in comprehending—and responding to—their needs. We will explore the crucial role Black and White student activism played in Duke’s struggle for racial justice. Class participants will see that Duke could not pursue national prominence until it began to confront its Jim Crow past. Focusing on Duke, the course will expose dynamics present at other historically White schools as they pursued racial change. Guest speakers will include Duke Professor Emeritus William Chafe and two key players from the time, Dr. Howard Fuller, and Michael McBride '71, Chair, Duke Afro-American Society, 1968-69. | Lecture + Q&A.
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Section Title
The Sixties at Duke: Desegregation, Student Activism, and the Struggle for Racial Justice
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 2:45PM
Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Please note: Homework will consist of supplemental readings that will provide additional context for topics covered in class sessions.

Recommended reading: Melissa Kean. Desegregating Private Higher Education in the South: Duke, Emory, Rice, Tulane, and Vanderbilt (9780807154472) Ibram X. Kendi, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education (9780230117815) Theodore Segal, Point of Reckoning: The Fight for Racial Justice at Duke University (9781478011422), free download from Amazon (for Kindle) or DukeSpace.lib.duke.edu (PDF)