The Vermont Cynic

After the Kake Walk: A history of UVM’s racial climate from Lattie Coor’s presidency to the present

UVM student's protesting 1988
Bryan O'Keefe and Sarah Olsen March 2, 2016

Student activism was common at UVM throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, resulting in the creation of some of the first African-American, Chicano/a and women’s studies departments in the U.S., English professor...

Kake Walk: Alumni, faculty and students reflect on 73-year tradition

Kake Walk: Alumni, faculty and students reflect on 73-year tradition
Bryan O'Keefe, Kelsey Neubauer, and Sarah Olsen February 24, 2016

For 73 years, UVM fraternity members danced in blackface and satin tuxedos during the longest running winter carnival in the country. At its peak in the 1960s, this event, known as the Kake Walk, was...

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