Collection ID: C734
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Summary

Abstract:
The Black Student Voice was a newsletter published by the "Office of Afro-American Affairs" at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. This group was established by Black student activists in the spring of 1968 as a means of advocating for the creation of a formal university office to oversee the academic, social, and financial wellbeing of Black students, faculty, and staff, as well as an academic program in Black Studies. The collection contains four issues of The Black Student Voice newsletter, which the Office published weekly throughout the month of July 1968.
Extent:
.1 cubic foot (2 folders)
Language:
English

Background

Biographical / Historical:

The Black Student Voice was a newsletter published by the "Office of Afro-American Affairs" at Indiana University. This group was established by Black student activists in the spring of 1968 as a means of advocating for the creation of a formal university office to oversee the academic, social, and financial wellbeing of Black students, faculty, and staff, as well as an academic program in Black Studies.

Besides the publication of the newsletter, the Office's lobbying efforts included presentations at the Board of Trustees meeting in September 1968 and Faculty Council meeting in January 1969. In April 1969, the Board of Trustees appointed Professor Orlando Taylor the Acting Vice Chancellor of Afro-American Affairs to oversee an official IU Office of Afro-American Affairs and the establishment of an Afro-American Studies department. However, because of Dr. Taylor's support of the students during the Ballantine Hall Lock-In, the Trustees withdrew the offer the following month. In February 1970, Herman C. Hudson, then an associate professor with the School of Education, was named Acting Vice Chancellor for Afro-American Affairs and then named Vice Chancellor in June 1971.

The purpose of the Office of Afro-American Affairs was to organize some of the social and academic activities of Black students at Indiana University. The office grew over the years under the leadership of Herman Hudson. The office no longer exists but some of its efforts are now part of the work of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, which strives to cultivate a diverse, inclusive environment that supports equal access, participation, and representation on all IU campuses.

Scope and Content:

The collection is comprised of a short-lived newsletter by the name of The Black Student Voice published weekly through the month of July 1968 by the then-student run Office of Afro-American Affairs. The issues share creative writing, concerns, and reports of discriminatory actions on the Indiana University Bloomington campus to bring awareness to the unacceptable conditions Black students endured. These four issues are the only known to exist.

Custodial history:

2017/004.779, 2017/004.1020

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Rules or conventions:
DACS-Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
Herman B Wells Library E460
1320 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7000, United States
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
812-855-1127
archives@indiana.edu