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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:   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:   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

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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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