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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:   Practicing Kake Walker

Creator:  University of Vermont

Date:  1963; 1969

Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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    Title:   Practicing Kake Walkers

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Date:  1947; 1950

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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      Title:   Practicing Kake Walkers

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Date:  1947

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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        Title:   Practicing Kake Walkers

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Date:  1957; 1958

        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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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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            Title:   Winning Kake Walkers

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Date:  1922

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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              Title:   Winning Kake Walkers

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1933

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                Title:   Winning Kake Walkers

                Creator:  University of Vermont

                Date:  1902; 1916

                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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