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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:   Kake Walk Program

Creator:  University of Vermont

Date:  1922

Resource type:   programs (documents)

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    Title:   Kake Walk Program

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Date:  1940

    Resource type:   programs (documents)

    Back cover missing

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      Title:   Kake Walk Program

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Date:  1951

      Resource type:   programs (documents)

      This program includes Vermont tourist information for visiting out-of-towners.

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        Title:   Kake Walk: A Troubled Memory Lane

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Date:  1977-10-27

        Resource type:   newspapers

        Kimberly Honza's article in The Cynic discusses efforts to reinstate Kake Walk and the likelihood of doing so.

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          Title:   The Vermont Cynic

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Date:  1923-02-24

          Resource type:   newspapers

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            Title:   The Vermont Cynic

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Date:  1929

            Resource type:   newspapers

            Pages 3-6 missing

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              Title:   The Vermont Cynic

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1944-03-17

              Resource type:   newspapers

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                Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Date:  1948-02-20

                Resource type:   newspapers

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                  Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                  Date:  1951-03-01

                  Resource type:   newspapers

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                    Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                    Date:  1954-02-19

                    Resource type:   newspapers

                    Includes a front page editorial calling for the end of blackface.

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                      Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                      Date:  1956-02-17

                      Resource type:   newspapers

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                        Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                        Date:  1958-02-22

                        Resource type:   newspapers

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                          Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                          Date:  1964-02-21

                          Resource type:   newspapers

                          This issue explores blackface, which had been recently banned, and documents the history of early opposition to Kake Walk.

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                            Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                            Creator:  University of Vermont

                            Date:  1965-02-26

                            Resource type:   newspapers

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                              Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                              Creator:  University of Vermont

                              Date:  1968-02-14

                              Resource type:   newspapers

                              Includes editorials criticizing Pops Night.

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                                Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                Date:  1969-02-14

                                Resource type:   newspapers

                                Includes and announcement about a Black Literature course to be taught in the English department.

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                                  Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                  Date:  1969-10-31

                                  Resource type:   newspapers

                                  Includes the results of the student opinion poll on Kake Walk and announces the decision to replace Kake Walk with a film festival.

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                                    Title:   With Kake In Hand

                                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                                    Date:  2004-02-24

                                    Resource type:   newspapers

                                    Nicholas Rahaim's article in the The Cynic discusses racism and Kake Walk.

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