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Willard Straight Occupation Study Guide: Audio/Visual Materials

Audio/Visual Materials of WSH Takeover

Online:

Agents of Change (66 minutes) Africana Library Videodisc 838 (Also available online for Cornell users.)

From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960s.

Witness: The Willard Straight Hall Takeover. (30 minutes).

Interviews with Ithaca residents detailing life in Ithaca before and after the April 19, 1969 takeover of Willard Straight Hall. Guest: Kent Hubbell, C, Jackie Melton Scott, George Taber, and Jane Marcham.

 


Videos/DVDs:

Africana Studies & Research Center. In the Struggle: Willard Straight Hall Takeover Revisited. Two Videocassettes, 1989. (160 minutes) Africana Library Video 432 -

In this video, past and present Cornell University students and administrators recount the history of the takeover of Willard Straight Hall by Black students in 1969 and discuss the implications of the event.

Black Studies at the Crossroads. DVD. 1994. (120 minutes) Africana Library Videodisc 498

In this program educators discuss Black Studies, focusing on 3 major themes: origins, current status and the future of Black Studies.

Black Studies USA. DVD.2005. (31 minutes) Africana Library Videodisc 335

Documentary on the origins of Black studies programs at American colleges and universities, including news footage of events of the 1960s and interviews with figures involved.

Cornell University Student Protest Videocassettes, 1969. Cornell University. (Length ?)
Kroch Library Rare & Manuscripts – Archives 37-11-2759

These student protest videocassettes feature the events of April 19, 1969, including the occupation of Willard Straight Hall, the mass assembly and addresses in Barton Hall, and members of the University Faculty leaving Bailey Hall.

Cook, Gayla, Makila James, Robert Johnson. AS&RC Conference. Tape 9. Videocassette. (53 minutes)
Africana Library - Video 569

Graduates of the Africana Studies and Research Center reflect upon their experiences at Cornell University. They relate how they were propared for their lives through the institution. Also explain the need for Black institutions within larger institutions.

Diamant, Ralph. Black Determination: Cornell 1969 Movie Film. Videocassette. Narr. Tom Jones. (15 minutes)
Africana Library – Video 209; Kroch Library Rare & Manuscripts – Archives 4444

This film is about the 1969 takeover of Willard Straight Hall at Cornell University. Included is a historical overview of the demands made by Black students to have Cornell start a Black Studies program. Actual footage and audio of the takeover are included. This film was produced by Ralph Diamant, and narrated by Tom Jones.

Galasso, Catherine. Straight '69. DVD. 2006. (26 minutes)

Through interviews with five Cornell Black students, Catherine Galasso asks them to reflect on the significance of the Willard Straight Hall takeover.

Madhubuti, Haki. The Beginning of Africana Studies: Panel Discussions. Videocassette. 1989. (118 minutes)
Africana Library Video 171

The panelists examine race relations and the Black social position at Cornell and in the world from the 1960s to the present. They urge development of African studies departments throughout the country.

Tsegaye, Gossa. Vision of the Struggle: Willard Straight Hall Takeover 20 Yeas Later: April 19, 1989. DVD. 1989 (32 minutes) Africana Library Videodisc 412.

This film is a retrospective look at the takeover and how it impacted both the Cornell and Ithaca communities.

Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968. DVD. 2009 (57 minutes) Africana Library Videodisc 527.

Everyone remembers the four White students slain at Kent State University in 1970, but most have never heard of the three Black students killed in Orangeburg, South Carolina two years earlier. This stirring investigative documentary restores that bloody tragedy to the history of the Civil Rights Movement after years of official denial.

 


Audio Cassette Tapes:

McClane, Kenneth A. 1969 and Beyond: Challenges to Higher Education. Audiocassettes. 1994. (97 minutes)
Uris Library CU 5382

The panelists address issues of higher education, which they feel have been neglected at Cornell since the takeover by Black students of Willard Straight Hall in 1969. They argue that universities have an obligation to constantly re-examine the needs of a diverse academic community and embrace a spirit of inquiry, debate and activism.

Madhubuti, Haki. The Beginning of Africana Studies. Two Audiocassettes 1989. (165 minutes)
Uris Library CU 3174 –

The panelists examine race relations and the Black social position at Cornell and in the world from the 1960s to the present. They urge development of African studies departments throughout the country.

Jones, Thomas. Reflections on the ‘60s and the ‘90s. Audiocassettes, 1994. (80 minutes)
Uris Library CU 5379

Jones reminisces about the anger, determination, and hope driving the 1969 confrontation between Cornell's administration and minority students. He urges students in the 1990s not to limit their potential with historical resentment, but to strive to create an appreciation for cultural diversity as well as community.

Burak, David. The Seizure of Willard Straight Hall and its Meaning for Today: A Fifteen Year Retrospective. Audiocassette, 1984. (105 minutes)
Uris Library CU 1522

The panel looks back on the Willard Straight Hall takeover from various perspectives.

Takeover Continues

After a group of White students attacked Black students during the occupation, a White student exits the Straight after failure to end takeover.