North Carolina Newspapers

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Durham, North Carolina, Friday, October 3, 1969
Midnight Fire Wrecks NCCU Law Library
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Shown above are scenes of damage to the interior of the NCCU
Law Building from the nearly $1 million fire of September 18.
Lower right, two of the students who asissted in clean-up opera
tions work in one of the areas damaged by the midnight blaze.
Malcolm X Univ.
To Open In Oct.
Black students at Duke Uni
versity took over the adminis-
tion building in March of 1969,
demanding a black studies pro
gram giving them equal repre
sentation with faculty mem
bers in planning an African and
Afro-American Studies Pro
At that time 23 of the 91
black undergraduates at Duke
decided to withdraw imme
diately and another 17 would
withdraw at the end of the
semester if their demands were
not met.
NCCU and Duke students
gathered in B. N. Duke Audi
torium to listen to an appeal for
help from Duke students. Stu
dents from Duke, Durham
Business College, Merrick-Moore
and Hillside High school joined
NCCU students at Five Points,
increasing the number of per
sons t» about 1000.
Howard Fuller, training di
rector of the Foundation for
Community Development,
stated that they would try to
"derecruit” any students who
had wanted to enroll at Duke.
He stated, in a closing speech
to the crowd, “we will have no
peace no where until black stu
dents start getting what they
See Malcolm X U, Page &
Organization for Black Unity
(SOBU) grew out of a realiza
tion by Black students around
the country that organizations
such as NSA no longer spoke
for their particular needs as
Black students. It was decided
by students from several schools
who attended the NSA confer
ence in Atlanta to withdraw
from that organization and to
form a group consisting solely
of Black. The organizational
meeting of SOBU was held at
North Carolina A&T State Uni-
French Study
Aid Available
Five scholarships of $1,000
each are available to students
applying to the Institute for
American Universities for an
academic year at Aix-en-Pro
vence, in southern France. The
Institute, chartered by the Uni
versity of the State of New
York, and under the auspices of
the University of Aix-Marseille,
founded ia 1409, is designed for
American undergraduates who
wish to study abroad and have
credit transferred to their home
universities. The above scholar
ships are divided among, majors
in French, Literature, Fine Arts,
See French Study, Page 6
versity in Greensboro, North
Carolina, from May 8-10, 1969,
where a number of workshops
were held in which students
shared their ideas about the
directions which Black students,
as members of the total Black
community, should take.
TURE: At the final business
meeting of the conference, it
was decided that SOBU would
accept for membership any
Black student government as
sociation or Black student
group, such as Black Student
Movements and Afro-American
Societies on predominantly
White campuses. The member
ship fee for each group is $200
per academic year. Contribu
tions in excess of this amount
from those groups which can
afford it will be greatly appre
ciated. This point was made that
SGA’s could use the money for
merly given to NSA to fund
SOBU is structured on a re
gional basis, with each region
relating to the national group.
There is a spokesman for each
region and a national convsner.
Each spokesman is responsible
for coordinating activities in his
area and for disseminatin-g in
formation to and from his con
stituency. The national con
vener is obligated to pull to-
See SOB¥ Meeting, Page 4
Black Studies
Major Offered
A 30-semester-hour Black
Studies major is being offered
for the first time this year at
North Carolina Central Univer
sity, under the direction of the
Department of History and So
cial Science.
The major emphasizes history,
with required courses in politi
cal science, sociology, and ge
Among the courses offered in
the Department of History are
“African History Prior t6
1500,” “History of Africa, 1500-
1870,” “Africa and the World
Powers, 1870-1945,” and
“Emerging African States Since
1945” in the area of African
history. Afro-American history
courses offered include “History
of the Negro in the United
States to 1865,” “The Negro in
the U.S., 1865-1900,” “Emer
gence of the New Negro,” and
“The Negro in Contemporary
In political science the course
currently *ffered in the cata
log is“Civil Rights: Problems in
Administration and Compli-'
ance.” In sociology, the course
offering is “The Geography «£
The courses in these three
required areas have prere
quisites in basic principles ef
See Black Studies, Page 4
Early Friday morning, the
sights of the damaged walls of
the Law School left the spirits
of the students mortally wound
ed. The thought of the end of
their educational lives almost
made some students panic and
move to retaliate.
Thought of despair and defeat,
were short lived, and the pos
sibility of closing the school
was met head-on.
While the fire was still burn
ing the Dean and the Student
Bar decided that there must be
no interruption of classes. A
notice was posted stating that
classes would meet as sched
uled in B. N. Duke Auditorium.
A meeting was called for Fri
day at noon to inform the stu
dents of the damage and plans
of actions for student partici
pation. Since, the Law School
is the only “home” that the
students know, it was decided
that the building must be made
ready for Monday classes.
On Saturday students went to
work. Mops, buckets, scrub
brushes, cloths, ^nd Mr. Clean
were put in the hands of the fu
ture advocates of the law, and
much was accomplished. Every
wall, desk, table, and chair on
the main floor was given a
thorough cleaning. The base
ment was attacked with equal
force the next day.
Monday classes met on the
main floor of the Law School.
The fire which damaged
NCCU’s Law School and de
stroyed many valuable bpoks
caused heat in B. N. Duke Audi
torium long after firemen ex
tinguished the blazes. In a meet
ing of interested students con
cerned with the Law School’s
dilemma, student tempers
blazed as some students got the
idea that funds set aside for
Homecoming activities would
be donated to the Law School.
The misconception occurred
due to two meetings that ad
joined each other. The first
matter being discussed was the
Law School’s finanacial needs
because of the fire. Suddenly,
Mr. James Blue, Dean of Stu
dents, began the second meet
ing to report that the Home
coming Committee had voted
against having a Homecoming
See Fire Causes, Page 7
Photography Club
To Be Organized
Mr. James Parker, Direc
tor of the Audio Visual Aids
Center, will organize aa pho
tography club on October 7.
This is an opportunity for
students who wish to learn the
mechanics of picture-taking.
Mr. Parker invites all interest
ed students to come to Room
120, Education Building at 7:00,
October 7.
A complete course in Swahii,
on records, is also available in
the Audio-Visual Aids Center iti
ttie listening room 125-C of
the Education Building. For*
more information, contact Mr.
Marvin Duncan.

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