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Black History Month 2021 - Dana Library: Week Four - African-Americans at Rutgers Newark

African-Americans at Rutgers Newark

Week Four

African-Americans at
Rutgers Newark:

A selection of interviews with RU-N students from the 1960s and 1970

African-Americans at Rutgers Newark

In the early 1990s, librarian Gil Cohen conducted interviews with former Rutgers students who had been members of the Rutgers community in the 1960s and 1970s.  The collection is called Inventory to the Rutgers-Newark in the 1960s and 1970s Oral History Collection, 1990-1992.  

Some of the interviewees were students who were members of the Black Organization of Students (BOS).  A number of these students had been involved in the takeover of Conklin Hall in February1969 following a year of demands and meetings with Rutgers administration and NJ Higher Education officials for curriculum and administrative changes.  Here are links to some of those interviews:    

An Interview with Vicki Donaldson:

An Interview with Joseph Browne:

An Interview with Robert Curvin:

An Interview with Vivian Sanks King:


Founding executive director of the Abbott Leadership Institute at Rutgers-Newark, Junius Williams discusses his civil rights activism in the city of Newark. View the video and transcript via the Library of Congress.  Other videos featuring Junius Williams can be accessed via C-SPAN.


Interested in more?  
Members of the Black Organization of Students at Rutgers-Newark recount their roles in the Conklin Hall takeover.  Interview audio and transcripts are accessible via the Rutgers Special Collections/University Archives


Rutgers Newark Diversity Timeline


You'll be interested to view a Rutgers Newark Diversity Timeline.

George Walker

Rutgers-Newark professor emeritus of music and Pulitzer Prize winner George Walker tells of his experiences as a black composer.  Read the transcript courtesy of Rutgers University-Newark Archives at Dana Library.  And members of the Rutgers community can listen to the works of George Walker via Naxos Music Library, a subscription service provided by Rutgers University Libraries.

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