— — _ 1 mstim .1 - VIET ISAM i^Ll ^ 1 '"1 IT HOMECOMING MORATORWM NOVEMBER OCTOBER 15 1 QaAXiluui, Durham, North Carolina, Friday, October 3, 1969 Midnight Fire Wrecks NCCU Law Library n'; v^-" a*vmm ...gP i 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. By BETTY HOLLOWAY 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 gram. 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 & SOBU MEETING SET OCTOBER 22-26 BACKGROUND: The Student 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. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUC 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. 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 ography. 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 America.” 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 «£ Africa.” 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. FIRE CAUSES CAMPUS HEAr 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.