Guide to the University of California, Riverside, African Student Programs records

Processed by Eric Milenkiewicz, 2013.

Special Collections & Archives
The UCR Libraries
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
Phone: 951-827-3233
Fax: 951-827-4673
Email: specialcollections@ucr.edu
URL: http://library.ucr.edu/view/collections/spcol
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Title: University of California, Riverside, African Student Programs records
Date (inclusive): circa 1960-2012, undated.
Date (bulk): circa 1965-1985
Collection Number: 388
Creator: University of California, Riverside.
Extent: 1.75 linear feet (1 document box, 1 flat storage box)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: This collection contains press clippings, fliers, and other material documenting the African American student experience at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and the subsequent role of UCR African Student Programs. Includes fliers, photographs, and programs of events held at UCR featuring notable individuals such as Martin Luther King III, Rita Marley, and Oscar Brown Jr. Press clippings regarding the controversy surrounding the UCR Black Studies Program in the 1970s as well as photographs documenting student life in the 1960s-1990s are also included. Material highlighting annual celebrations in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr held at UCR and in the surrounding community is also present.
Languages: The collection is in English.

Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item]. University of California, Riverside, African Student Programs records, Collection 388. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

The University of California, Riverside, African Student Programs records were acquired as a gift in 2012.

Processing History

Processed by Eric Milenkiewicz, 2013.

Historical Background

The following historical background was retrieved from the UCR African Student Programs website.
"In 1968, an estimated 60 students led by Charles Jenkins founded the Black Student Union at UCR. Soon after, in 1969, the group helped originate the Black Studies Department. The major was dissolved in 1970 and categorized as an interdisciplinary study instead. The newly formed Black Student Union remained active though and, along with those involved in the former Black Studies department, remained committed to giving value to the Black student experience.
Throughout the 1970s, many old articles in The Highlander referenced organizations such as “Black Students United” and “Black Student Activities,” but it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when what we think of as African Student Programs became “official.” In general, 1972 is the agreed-upon date. It was during this time period that the former Black Studies Department emerged as a natural gathering space for students of African descent, as well as a distinct resource for additional student services and support.
In 1979, Black Student Activities under the guidance of Kathryn Jones became Black Student Programs and was recognized as an official entity. In the fall of 1998, student leaders organized to change the department name from Black Student Programs to African Student Programs."
Citation: African Student Programs: Our History. (2011). Retrieved April 19, 2013, from http://www.asp.ucr.edu/whoweare/Pages/ourhistory.aspx.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains press clippings, fliers, and other material documenting the African American student experience at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and the subsequent role of UCR African Student Programs. Includes fliers, photographs, and programs of events held at UCR featuring notable individuals such as Martin Luther King III, Rita Marley, and Oscar Brown Jr. Press clippings regarding the controversy surrounding the UCR Black Studies Program in the 1970s as well as photographs documenting student life in the 1960s-1990s are also included. Material highlighting annual celebrations in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr held at UCR and in the surrounding community is also present.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following five series:
  • Series 1. Documents and other material, 1968-2009, undated.
  • Series 2. Fliers, 1986-2008, undated.
  • Series 3. Photographs, circa 1960-2012, undated.
  • Series 4. Press clippings, 1969-2005, undated.
  • Series 5. Programs, 1985-2010.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

University of California, Riverside. Black Student Union.
University of California, Riverside.
African American.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Clippings (information artifacts).
Documents.
Fliers (printed matter).
Programs.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Documents and other material. 1968-2009, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains essays and other material regarding African American student involvement at UCR. Includes the winning essays from the "Living the Dream" Essay Contest as well as brochures from UCR African Student Programs.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially by box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 2

Newsletter titled "Black Awareness" by Kathy Jones, Director of UCR Black Student Programs. 1987.

Box 1, Folder 2

Brochures for UCR African Student Programs (quantity, 3). undated.

Box 1, Folder 3

Template for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Certificate of Recognition presented by UCR Black Student Programs. January 12, 1986

Box 1, Folder 3

Template for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Certificate of Recognition presented by UCR Black Student Programs. January 16, 1987.

Box 1, Folder 3

Poem titled "Build, Black People, Build" by Naida Parsons, UCR undergraduate, for UCR Black Studies Program. circa February 12, 1981.

Box 1, Folder 3

Script for Rickerby Hinds' play "Children of the King." circa January 1989.

Box 1, Folder 3

Documents titled "The University of California at Riverside," "Where to Live at UCR," and "Financial Assistance at UCR" by Charles "Chuck" Jenkins, President of UCR Black Student Union. 1968.

Box 1, Folder 3

Essay by Lucas Swineford for the "Living the Dream" Essay Contest (Grand Prize winner). January 7, 1986.

Box 1, Folder 3

Essay by Natisha Young for the "Living the Dream" Essay Contest (1st Place winner). January 7, 1986.

Box 1, Folder 3

Essay by Denise Uriate for the "Living the Dream" Essay Contest (2nd Place winner). January 7, 1986.

Box 1, Folder 3

Essay by Amy Ottoson for the "Living the Dream" Essay Contest (3rd Place winner). January 7, 1986.

Box 1, Folder 3

Essay titled "Internship Paper on Black Student Programs" by Anna Fletcher. March 1, 1989.

Box 2, Folder 4

Schedule, roster, and outlook for the 1979 UCR Men's Track and Field team. 1979.

Box 2, Folder 4

Poster for the film screening of "41st and Central: The untold story of the LA Black Panthers." February 19, 2009.

 

Series 2. Fliers. 1986-2008, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains fliers regarding events held and programs at UCR. Includes the Annual Black Graduation Ceremony at UCR as well as celebrations in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially by box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 2

UCR African Student Programs featuring a mural of Martin Luther King Jr. undated.

Box 1, Folder 2

UCR Housing, Dining, and Residential Services' Pan African Theme Hall. undated.

Box 1, Folder 2

1st Annual Black Graduation Ceremony at UCR. 2003.

Box 1, Folder 2

2nd Annual Black Graduation Ceremony at UCR. 2004.

Box 1, Folder 2

3rd Annual Black Graduation Ceremony at UCR. 2005.

Box 1, Folder 2

2006 Black Graduation Ceremony at UCR. 2006.

Box 1, Folder 2

2007 Annual Black Graduation Ceremony at UCR. 2007.

Box 1, Folder 2

2008 Annual Black Graduation Ceremony at UCR. 2008.

Box 1, Folder 2

UCR ASPB event, "An Evening with Rita Marley featuring: A Celebration of Bob Marley's Words, Music, and Legacy." March 4, 1993.

Box 1, Folder 2

Rickerby Hinds' play "Children of the King" held at UCR featuring keynote speaker Daniel Walker, SDSU Student Body President. January 17, 1989.

Box 1, Folder 2

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration "Living the Dream" held at UCR. January 12, 1986.

Box 1, Folder 2

March and rally in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held at UCR featuring keynote speaker Mukasa Ricks. January 14, 1994.

Box 1, Folder 2

Pot luck luncheon to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held at the UCR University Club Members Lounge. undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Event celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held at UCR featuring keynote address by Dolores Sheen, Founder of Sheenway Schools. January 15, 1997.

 

Series 3. Photographs. circa 1960-2012, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains photographs of exhibits, events, and student life at UCR. Includes photographs of Martin Luther King III and Rita Marley during events held at UCR.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially by box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 1

"Black History Month: The Student Experience" exhibit in the Tomas Rivera Library sponsored by UCR African Student Programs (quantity, 6). 2012.

Box 1, Folder 1

African Black Coalition Conference group. April-May 2010.

Box 1, Folder 1

First African American graduates of UCR, Roy Overstreet (1958) and Zelma Ballard (1959), at the Annual Black Graduation Ceremony held at the UCR Student Recreation Center. June 2011.

Box 1, Folder 1

Martin Luther King III with members of the UCR Community (quantity, 4). January 1988.

Box 1, Folder 1

Student protest at UCR (quantity, 4). undated.

Box 1, Folder 1

UCR campus community at on/off-campus events (quantity, 15). circa 1980-1995.

Box 1, Folder 1

Rita Marley, mother of Bob Marley, with Ken Simons, Director of UCR African Student Programs. March 4, 1993.

Box 1, Folder 1

UCR Students on-campus (quantity, 3). circa 1960-1980.

 

Series 4. Press clippings. 1969-2005, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains press clippings regarding the African American student experience at UCR. Primarily includes clippings from local newspapers including the Press-Enterprise and The Highlander. The controversy surrounding the UCR Black Studies Program in the 1970s is well represented in this series.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially by box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 4

"Caller and friend" regarding "The Gentleman Caller" play by UCR Black Students Theater starring Sandra Sample and Wendell Wright (pictured) from the Daily Enterprise. March 15, 1972.

Box 1, Folder 4

"Arson-set explosion, fire destroy UCR Black Student's Union office" by Bob Craven from the Daily Enterprise. March 16, 1972.

Box 1, Folder 4

"Black Studies, black faculty: a view from UCR" by Tom Green from the Daily Enterprise. January 12, 1969.

Box 1, Folder 4

"The Quotable Racist" regarding comments made by William K. Coors, Chairman of the Adolph Coors Brewing Co. (photocopy). undated.

Box 1, Folder 4

"UCR: Black Students March to Promote Unity and Social Change" by Chris Levister from the Black Voice News. November 24, 2005.

Box 1, Folder 4

"Themed dorm hall expresses culture" by Felix Sanchez from the Press-Enterprise. circa 1997-1998.

Box 1, Folder 4

"Students demand more minority faculty in demonstration at UCR" by Susan Murphy from the Press-Enterprise (photocopy). circa 1987-1992.

Box 1, Folder 4

Student protest at UCR. undated

Box 2, Folder 1

"UCR pulls sponsorship after protest" by Barbara Metzler from the Press-Enterprise. undated.

Box 2, Folder 1

"150 rip plan to dismantle UCR ethnic studies" by Joseph Rodriguez from the Press-Enterprise. November 2, 1982.

Box 2, Folder 1

"Great White Father speaks with forked tongue or n***** are a condition, not a race" by Ed Bereal from The Highlander. 1970.

Box 2, Folder 4

"Chairman of Black Studies tells why he resigned" by Rich Zeiger from the Press-Enterprise. February 7, 1970.

Box 2, Folder 1

"Have we witnessed a lynching - and not noticed?" by Ed Bereal from The Highlander. February 24, 1970.

Box 2, Folder 1

"BSU Central Committee Press Release" from The Highlander. February 13, 1970.

Box 2, Folder 1

"Students arrested in 'peaceful' protest" from The Highlander. October 6, 1992.

Box 2, Folder 2

"Controversy erupts over apartheid event" by Jennifer Deng and Tom Pigeon from The Highlander. January 15, 1991.

Box 2, Folder 2

"Apartheid is wrong and a debate is too" by The African Student Alliance from The Highlander. undated.

Box 2, Folder 2

"Muhammad shot at UCR, Ex-Nation of Islam minister held in attack" from the Press-Enterprise. May 30, 1994.

Box 2, Folder 2

"Being Black" by Evan Boyd from The X-Factor. March 2005.

Box 2, Folder 2

"NOI speaker and guards shot after speech" by David W. Milbrandt from The Highlander. June 1, 1994.

Box 2, Folder 2

"Martin Luther King III celebrates father's birthday" by Donna Davis from The Highlander. January 19, 1988.

Box 2, Folder 3

Newspaper clipping titled "Black Greeks: Ties that bind in, out of college" by Richard Martinez from the Press-Enterprise. undated.

Box 2, Folder 3

"Ethnic studies face the axe" by Liz Schoff from the The Highlander. October 26, 1982.

Box 2, Folder 3

"Blacks, Chicanos rally for rights" by Darnell Price from The Highlander. November 2, 1982.

Box 2, Folder 3

"Black Studies disbanded as Jackson resigns; Hinderaker, BSU clash over 'control' issue" by Richard Maxwell et. al. from The Highlander. February 6, 1970.

Box 2, Folder 3

"Text of Hinderaker address before emergency faculty meeting" from The Highlander. February 6, 1970.

 

Series 5. Programs. 1985-2010.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains programs regarding events held at UCR. Includes those held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in memory of Dr. Maurice Jackson.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially by box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 2

African Black Coalition Conference held at UCR April 30 - May 2, 2010. 2010.

Box 1, Folder 2

Press conference and luncheon celebrating the 1st National Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. December 2, 1985.

Box 1, Folder 2

Event celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. held at UCR featuring keynote address by Dolores Sheen, Founder of Sheenway Schools. January 15, 1997.

Box 1, Folder 2

Event in memory of Dr. Maurice Jackson held at UCR featuring keynote speaker Martin Luther King III. January 1988.

Box 1, Folder 2

Benefit concert by Oscar Brown Jr., legendary jazz vocalist, lyricist, and UC Regents professor held at UCR (autographed by Oscar Brown Jr.). February 7, 1999.