Neo-Black Society Records
Scope and Contents
This collection contains the official records that reflect the functions and activities of the Neo-Black Society. These records contain materials related to general body and executive board meetings, budgets, correspondence, memorandums, committee and presidential reports, flyers, programs, and general topics including but not limited to the 1973 funding protest. The collection also contains video tapes, cassettes, compact disks, and floppy disks with photographs and documents. In addition, there are separate collections of photographs, artifacts, and textiles related to the records of the Neo-Black Society.
- 1969 - 2013
- Neo-Black Society (Organization)
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Collection is open for research.
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Biographical or Historical Information
In 1967, black students at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) formed the student group, the Neo-Black Society (NBS), in response to growing concerns about the support and acceptance of black students on campus. At its founding, the NBS was extremely separatist, calling for parallel university events for black students. The organization was also very vocal in advocating the recruiting of more black faculty at UNCG as well the incorporation of more black history and culture into the curriculum. First meeting in the student lounge, the NBS soon moved to a more permanent room in Elliott Hall. The organization quickly distinguished itself across the campus and within the Greensboro community through its sponsorship of an annual Black Arts Festival as well as a Gospel Choir and other social activities.
In 1973, the NBS had clearly established itself as a strong, albeit confrontational, presence across the UNCG campus. This resulted in some resentment by some white students who consequently pushed for the removal of student funding for the NBS. They argued that the society was segregationist by refusing to admit whites which was a direct violation of the university anti-discrimination regulations. Acknowledging the students complaints, the student senate on the night of March 26-27, voted to withdraw funding for the organization. Hearing the results of this meeting created an immediate backlash across the university as over 300 students began a sit-in movement to occupy the Foust building. Recognizing the frustrations of the students, Chancellor Ferguson agree to appoint a faculty review committee to look into the matter. During this time, the students continued to peacefully maintain a sit-in presence while the committee investigated the matter.
Chaired by psychology Professor Kendon Smith and made up of three white professors and two black professors, the committee agreed on March 30th to uphold the NBS funding and found the student senate in serious breach of procedural errors. Chancellor Ferguson accepted the findings as did most of the faculty. Despite the ruling, some students were still upset and appealed to the board of trustees who voted to remand the matter to the student senate for further consideration. In the fall of 1973, the NBS agreed to add several white members to the organization as well as draft anti-discrimination language into its constitution which appeased the senate and funding was restored.
Today, the Neo-Black Society continues to be an active organization at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
3.00 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Neo-Black Society was founded in 1968 in response to growing concerns about the support and acceptance of black students on campus. In 1973, funding for the Neo-Black Society was un-expectantly cut by the student senate prompting an immediate backlash and protest by students.; Funding was eventually restored after negotiations between the NBS and the student senate.
The records of the Neo-Black Society include correspondence, reports, flyers, programs, meeting minutes, and budgets documenting the activity of the Neo-Black Society from 1969-2011.
The arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a useable original order. This collection is arranged into two series. General files have been arranged alphabetically and an effort has been made to place documents within each individual folder in chronological order Series 1: General Files, 1969-2011 Series 2: Multimedia, 1995-2006
Method of Acquisition
Transferred from the Neo-Black Society in May 5,2006 and May 28, 2006
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Processed by Sean A. Mulligan, February 2013.
- Neo-Black Society Records
- Sean A. Mulligan
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