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“Institutions Need to Be Pushed”: An Oral History of the Allen Building Takeover

On February 13th, 1969, approximately 60 Duke students occupied the first floor of the Allen Building to protest the university’s failure to meet the needs of black students. Their demands included the creation of a black studies program, a summer transitional program for black freshmen, and a black student union.

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What is Rutherfurd Living History?

The Living History program is an innovative interview platform, oral history archive and media lab. We’re researching and creating new ways to use recorded interviews as tools for investigating, understanding and narrating current events and issues. The program is part of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Interviews

The Rutherfurd Living History Program's archives of newsmakers, news breakers, and more, running back to the early 1970s.

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Collections

Groups of interviews clustered around a topic, including voting rights in North Carolina and rural poverty in the South.

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Timelines

Explore interactive timelines that connect and annotate the interviews on this site.

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Blog

Explore the Rutherfurd Living History blog.

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