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Hidden Histories: Black History and the Evolution of Black Experiences at UNCG

In Spring 2022, five undergraduate students took part in Honors 202: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: Interrogating UNCG History and Uncovering UNCG’s Past. In this class, we explored the power of archives, archival silences, and oral history in constructing a narrative of the past. We learned about aspect of UNCG’s past that often remain hidden – the people and stories that we don’t typically tell on the standard campus tour.

The students collectively selected a general theme for their class research project – Black history and the evolution of Black experiences at UNCG – as well as individual topics for further exploration within that theme. They interviewed current UNCG students and explores the resources available in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives to learn more about the past.

This website features the fruits of their research as they work to connect threads between the past and the present. Their work shines a spotlight on the ways in which Black students’ experiences at UNCG have (or have not) changed since the campus was first desegregated in Fall 1956.

Student leaders of UNCG’s Neo-Black Society, 1969-1970

All photographs courtesy of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Greensboro University Libraries.