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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:   Black Image in White Vermont: The Origin, Meaning, and Abolition of Kake Walk

Creator:  Loewen, James W.

Date:  1991

Resource type:   chapters (layout features)

At the time of this digital collection launch, this chapter is the only known scholarly piece on UVM's Kake Walk. James Loewen was a professor of sociology at the University of Vermont. This chapter was published in a book commemorating the university's bicentennial: Loewen, James. "Black Image in White Vermont: The Origin, Meaning, and Abolition of Kake Walk." The University of Vermont: The First Two Hundred Years. Sr. ed. Robert V. Daniels. Hanover, NH / University of Vermont : Distributed by University Press of New England / University of Vermont, 1991.

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    Title:   Greek and Panhellenic Vote Opposing Kake Walk Revival

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Date:  1977-02-24

    Resource type:   correspondence

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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:   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:   Library Exhibit Materials

          Creator:  Gallagher, Connell B.

          Date:  2004

          Resource type:   visitors' books

          Resource type:   labels (identifying artifacts)

          In 2004, UVM's Bailey/Howe library held an exhibit entitled "UVM's Past: The Legacy of Kake Walk." Exhibit materials archived at UVM are presented here: draft exhibit labels, copied and redacted primary sources which may have been used in display cases, and a notebook containing visitor comments (starting on page 46).

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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:   Response to Discontinuation of Kake Walk

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1969-10-30

              Resource type:   correspondence

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                Title:   Response to Discontinuation of Kake Walk

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Date:  1969-11-05

                Resource type:   correspondence

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                  Title:   Response to Discontinuation of Kake Walk

                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                  Date:  1969-11-07

                  Resource type:   correspondence

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                    Title:   Response to October Issue of Commentary

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                    Date:  1969-11-16

                    Resource type:   correspondence

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                      Title:   Results of the Kake Walk Opinion Poll

                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                      Date:  1969-10-31

                      Resource type:   reports

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                        Title:   Statement by President Rowell

                        Creator:  Rowell, Lyman S.

                        Date:  1969-10-31

                        Resource type:   announcements

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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:   The History of Racism at UVM: The Vermont Paradox

                            Creator:  McCrorey, H. Lawrence

                            Date:  2004-02-19

                            Larry McCrorey, professor emeritus of molecular physiology and biophysics and former dean of the School of Allied Health, was among the most vocal opponents of Kake Walk. He delivered this speech, “The History of Racism at UVM: the Vermont Paradox,” on Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. in the McCrorey Gallery of Multicultural Art at the University of Vermont's Bailey/Howe Library.

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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:  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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