Course Description

ONLINE: This lecture-based course is about the contested fight for racial justice at Duke University from the enrollment of the first Black undergraduates in 1963 to the takeover of part of the central administration building less than six years later. The course will look at the background of Duke’s first Black students, how racial attitudes shaped the way these students were received at the school and the immense challenges the university faced in comprehending — and responding to — their needs. We will explore the crucial role Black and white students' activism played in Duke’s struggle for racial justice. Students will see that Duke could not pursue national prominence until it began to confront its Jim Crow past. Focusing on Duke, the course will expose dynamics present at other historically white schools as they pursued racial change. Guest speakers will include Professor William Chafe as well as key Duke activists from the 1960s. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
The ’60s at Duke: Desegregation, Student Activism and the Fight for Racial Justice
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 2:45PM
Jan 31, 2023 to Apr 04, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

: A course website will provide access to images, sound clips and other archival records from the period. The recommended book supplements course material.

Recommended reading:
Theodore D. Segal, "Point of Reckoning: The Fight for Racial Justice at Duke University" (9781478011422)

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