Anti-Racism at Elon University Collection
Scope and Contents
This is a collection of correspondence, news articles, and reports related to anti-racism efforts at Elon, as well as events that took place at Elon University and in Alamance County in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020. This is not a comprehensive collection of documents, but rather a collection of relevant emails from Elon University and members of the Elon community, as well as news articles from the university, the Elon News Network, and the Times-News of Burlington. Documents related to ongoing anti-racism efforts at Elon will be added to collection.
- 2020 - ongoing
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.
Biographical / Historical
George Floyd, a African American man, was murdered by white police officer Derek Chauvin and other officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020. Floyd’s murder was recorded by several witnesses and uploaded to social media; the video went viral and created an uproar. The murder galvanized the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and resulted in protests in cities across the United States and internationally during the summer of 2020. The outcry and protests had a direct impact on Alamance County and Elon University.
During the 2020-2021 school year, Elon University supported anti-racism efforts in Alamance County, particularly in supporting the removal of the Confederate Monument in the Court Square in Graham. There were peaceful protests on campus; however, on one occasion a convoy of about 200 vehicles drove through the Elon campus, driven by supporters of then-President Donald Trump (who was up for re-election in 2020). In addition to displaying white supremacist symbols, some occupants of the vehicles shouted racist slogans, slurs, and profanity at Elon students and employees. Video of the procession was posted to social media, where it received national attention. The event was condemned by university officials as well as many officials in North Carolina, Alamance County, and the nation.
In September 2020, Elon University announced that it would publish a report by the school’s Committee on History & Memory; this report, published the following month, aimed to present a more inclusive story of Elon by focusing on overlooked stories of African American students and employees from Elon’s history. The report also included recommendations on how Elon could address the difficult topics of racism and discrimination in its history, as well as initiatives to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Throughout the fall and spring of the 2020-2021 academic year, there were a series of panels, film screenings, lectures, and discussions at the university focused on both current events as well as the history of racial violence in Alamance County.
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This is a collection of correspondence, news articles, and reports related to anti-racism efforts at Elon University, as well as events that took place at Elon University and in Alamance County in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020. The collection includes the report of the Committee on Elon History & Memory released in October 2020.
Materials arranged chronologically by type of document.
The collection is located in the Carol Grotnes Belk Library Archives and Special Collections at Elon University. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections staff for further details about the location.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials collected and assembled to form collection.
Processed by Randall Bowman.
- Anti-racism. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Elon University -- Division of Inclusive Excellence.
- Elon University--History.
- Racism against Black people. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Randall Bowman
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