Commemorating the 1969 Allen Building Takeover: Fifty Years Later

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Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
Ambassador Ballroom, Washington Duke Inn
(3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham)


The 'Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud' reception will be held in the Nasher Museum of Art's Great Hall. 

Parking is free and available in these lots:

***Parking is not guaranteed at the Washington Duke Inn. Attendees can take a shuttle from the above lots to the main venue. The shuttles will run every 10-15 min to the hotel. Starting at 4:30 p.m. shuttles will begin to take attendees  to the Nasher Museum of Art for the reception, or back to the lot where they parked. The shuttles will run on a continuous loop, every 10-15 minutes, until 7:30 p.m. ***


The Department of African & African American Studies at Duke will host a commemoration honoring the courage of the black alumni (1969-1972) who challenged the university's discriminatory policies as undergraduates by “taking over” the university’s main administrative building on Feb. 13, 1969. Read More

Special thanks the Allen Building Takeover 50th Anniversary Committee: Duke alumni Catherine LeBlanc, '71, Bertie Howard, '69, Bianca C. Williams, '02, 05, '09; faculty and staff, Wahneema Lubiano, associate professor of African & African American Studies and literature; Mark Anthony Neal, professor and chair of the Department of African & African American Studies, Tyra Dixon, department administrative assistant, and Camille Jackson, director of communications; current students Zara Porter, '21, Sydney Roberts, '19, Qsanet Tekie, '19, Mikhal Kidane, '19, Yannet Daniel, '20, Kennedy Ware, '20, and graduate student assistant Anastasia Karklina.

Thanks to the Nasher Museum of Art, Rubenstein Arts Center, Doris Duke Center, Washington Duke Inn, the Chronicle Pitch Story Lab team, DDC International, Echos Media and Ynobe Knows Events. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke Alumni Affairs, the Duke Black Alumni, the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity, the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, and Duke University Archives.

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