Black Americans for Democracy Materials

MC 1915.UA

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Amy Allen, 2012.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Black Americans for Democracy
Black Americans for Democracy Materials
Inclusive Dates
MC 1915.UA
1.7 linear feet (3 boxes)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Restrictions Apply: Box 3 is restricted.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Black Americans for Democracy Materials were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on May 9, 2011 by Raven Cook of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Allen and Alexsis Bell; completed in February 2012.

Preferred Form of Citation

Black Americans for Democracy Materials (MC 1915.UA), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Historical Sketch

The Black Americans for Democracy (BAD) was a registered student organization on the University of Arkansas campus. The group organized in the late 1960s after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a political and social group striving to bring awareness to issues black students faced on campus and to provide social interaction and activities. The group encouraged black students to get more involved on campus and urged administrators to provide more opportunities for black students. BAD sponsored the Miss BAD beauty pageant (later Miss Black University of Arkansas) and Black Emphasis Week (later Black Awareness Week), including concerts, dances, plays, film series and fashion shows. Also, the group produced a regular newspaper, The BAD Times. In the fall of 1979, the members changed the name of the group to Students Taking a New Direction (STAND). The members wanted to project a more positive image and continued to promote appreciation of black heritage, improve interracial relations, improve educational quality, and help members develop leadership skills. During this time period, STAND requested and was granted two permanent seats on the Associated Student Government (ASG). Many of the same activities continued, such as Black Awareness Week and the Miss Black University of Arkansas pageant. The group members changed the name again in the late 1980s to the Black Students Association. As of 2012, this group was still in existence.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains meeting minutes, assorted paper materials, photographs and objects.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Black Americans for Democracy Meeting Minutes Book, 1971-1976

Box 1 Folder 2

Miss Black U of A Pageant Materials, 1982-1983

Box 1 Folder 3

Miss Black U of A Investigation Report, 1981

Box 1 Folder 4

Miss Ebony Application and Responsibilities, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 5

University Diversity Council Program Brochure, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 6

Certificates and Assorted Materials, 1996-2009; n.d.

Box 1 Folder 7

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Family Upon Receiving Nobel Peace Prize, 1964 (Image 1)

Box 1 Folder 8

Dick Gregory, Black History Month, February 27, 1991 (Image 2)

Box 1 Folder 9

Jesse Jackson in Barnhill Arena, February 7, 1992 (Image 3)

Box 1 Folder 10

Miss Black U of A Pageant, 1983; n.d. (Images 4-48)

Box 1 Folder 11

Daisy Bates, February 27, 1996 (Images 49-50)

Box 1 Folder 12

Harlem Renaissance, n.d. (Image 51)

Box 1 Folder 13

Inspirational Singers, n.d. (Images 52-56)

Box 1 Folder 14

Martin Luther King, III, n.d. (Image 57)

Box 1 Folder 15

Students Making It Lighter Everyday (SMILE), n.d. (Images 58-75)

Box 1 Folder 16

U of A Campus Buildings, n.d. (Images 76-97)

Box 1 Folder 17

Chancellor John White and Kevin Dedner, n.d. (Image 98)

Box 1 Folder 18

Unidentified Photographs, n.d. (Images 99-168)

Box 1 Folder 19

Unidentified Photographs, n.d. (Images 169-238)

Box 1 Folder 20

Unidentified Photographs, n.d. (Images 239-308)

Box 1 Folder 21

Unidentified Photographs, n.d. (Images 309-378)

Box 1 Folder 22

Unidentified Photographs, n.d. (Images 379-413)

Box 1 Folder 23

Assorted Photographs, n.d. (Images 414-416)

Box 2 Folder 1

Outstanding Student Program University of Arkansas Freedom Riders Plaque, April 14, 1998 (Oversize)

Box 2 Folder 2

Clock Presented in Appreciation for University of Arkansas Freedom Riders, 1997 (Oversize)


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