ANSO 346: Doing it for the Culture (SCA): African/ Black

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The materials below are not exhaustive, but serve as examples of collection items, topics, and themes.

Student Highlight


Born in West Africa, Fahma Yahny (later Barnabas Root) was the first Black student to graduate from a college in Illinois.After graduating from Knox in 1870, Root went on to attend Chicago Theological Seminary. 

 Barnabas Root Timeline



Cultural Organizations & Houses

The folders below are accessible via our Organizations Series and Building Series in the College Archives.

  • Allied Black for Liberty and Equality (A.B.L.E.), 1960s-2000s
  • A.B.L.E. Center for Black Culture
  • Harambee Club, 1990s -
  • Harambee Cultural Center
  • Real African Men Standing Up (RAMSU), 1990s-2000s

Terminology Note

Staff often re-use language provided by creators or former owners of collections because it provides important context about the materials or is the official title of an item.  To locate all materials of interest, you may need to search for historical terminology, which is offensive today, but was used in the past to describe people of color. 

Adapted from Brown University Library

Organizational Materials