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Student Organizations. Afro-American Society Records

Finding Aid & Inventory

WFU's Afro-American Society was founded by Howard Stanback and Mark Friedman in 1969. The collection contains materials related to Nikki Giovanni's appearance at Black Awareness Week in 1978. The Afro-American Society later became known as the Black Student Alliance.

Biographical and Historical Note

Wake Forest University's Afro-American Society was founded by Howard Stanback and Mark Friedman in 1969. The society was a self-help group for all black students on campus; it advocated for black studies and black faculty, and was active in celebrating African-American culture. It emerged as a presence on campus in the winter of 1970. Despite slow response from the college, the Black Student Union continued to advocate for black faculty, and in 1974 faculty members Dr. Herman Eure and Dr. Dolly McPherson became the first black tenure-track professors. The Afro-American Society also worked to build positive relationships with other campus organizations. The Afro-American Society later became known as the Black Student Union, then the Black Student Alliance.

Collection Overview

This collection contains materials related to the activities of Wake Forest University's Afro-American Society. Materials document the 1979 Black Awareness Week, featuring an appearance by author, poet, and professor Nikki Giovanni.

Collection Inventory

  • Giovanni, Nikki, Black Awareness Week materials (1978 February) box 1 folder 1

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Student Organizations. Afro-American Society Records
ID
RG8.21
Date [inclusive]
1978
Extent
0.21 Linear Feet

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 
Copyright Notice
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Preferred Citation
Student Organizations. Afro-American Society Records (RG8.21), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

Related materials regarding the activities of the Afro-American Society can be found in the Intercultural Center Records (RG22.9), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives

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