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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:  1924

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      Title:   Kake Walk Program

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Date:  1916

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        Title:   Kake Walk Program

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Date:  1935

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          Title:   Kake Walk Program

          Creator:  University of Vermont

          Date:  1916

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            Title:   Kake Walk Program

            Creator:  University of Vermont

            Date:  1940

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              Title:   Kake Walk Program

              Creator:  University of Vermont

              Date:  1945

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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 Program

                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                  Date:  1957

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                    Title:   Kake Walk Program

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                    Date:  1958

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                      Title:   Kake Walk Program

                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                      Date:  1963

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                        Title:   Kake Walk Program

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                        Date:  1965

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                          Title:   Kake Walk Program

                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                          Date:  1969

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                            Title:   The Responsibilities of the Assistant Publicity Director of Kake Walk

                            Creator:  University of Vermont

                            Date:  1969

                            Resource type:   reports

                            Gives instructions and advice to the next Assistant Director. Includes a list of advertisers and official rules.

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                              Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                              Creator:  University of Vermont

                              Date:  1923-02-24

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                                Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                Date:  1944-03-17

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                                  Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                  Date:  1948-02-20

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                                    Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                                    Date:  1951-03-01

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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

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                                          Title:   The Vermont Cynic

                                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                                          Date:  1958-02-22

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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

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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

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

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