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Kake Walk at UVM

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The Kake Walk at UVM collection documents a former University of Vermont event that is for some a hallowed tradition and for others overt racism. The terminated competition, which was the highlight of the campus social calendar for over eighty years, featured fraternity brothers in blackface and kinky wigs dancing to the tune of "Cotton Babes."

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Time Period Covered: 1896 - 2004 

Source Document: University Archives, Record Group 53: Fraternities and Sororities, Series: Kake Walk 

Published:  May 29, 2010,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

Rights:  http://cdi.uvm.edu/about/rights


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Title:   A New Face

Creator:  University of Vermont

Date:  1965

Resource type:   announcements

This document announces the switch to dark green makeup after one year of light green.

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    Title:   Fraternity Stunts This Year

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Date:  1935-02

    Resource type:   records (documents)

    Resource type:   announcements

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      Title:   Kake Walk Opinion Poll Press Release

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Date:  1969-10-28

      Resource type:   announcements

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        Title:   New Winter Carnival Press Release

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Date:  1969-31-1969

        Resource type:   announcements

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          Title:   Presidential Committees Press Release

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Date:  1969-10-15

          Resource type:   announcements

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            Title:   Schedule for Alumni

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Date:  1961-02-16

            Resource type:   announcements

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              Title:   Statement by 1970 Kake Walk Committee

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1969

              Resource type:   announcements

              This document announces the elimination of blackface and wigs from the next walk, but Kake Walk was abolished entirely before the 1970 Winter Carnival.

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                Title:   Statements by the Kake Walk Directors and President Rowell

                Creator:  University of Vermont; Rowell, Lyman S.

                Date:  1969-10-31

                Resource type:   announcements

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                  Title:   Supplied Burlington Chamber of Commerce

                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                  Date:  1955-11-29

                  Resource type:   announcements

                  This document mentions "Wide, Wide World," a Sunday afternoon television program (aired 1956 - 1958) which broadcast events in North America, Europe, and the Caribbean.

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