Colby Bicentennial Seal 1964-2013

Oct. 29, 1971

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Almost two years ago the college made a commitment to establish some kind of viable Black Studies program on campus. The intervening two years have, for a number of reasons, seen only a small increase in the number of Black Studies courses given at Colby. Various constituencies could undoubtedly do a lot of fingerpointing, but actually the causes of the difficulty lie in the inertia of all parties involved.

Students and faculty, after giving the impetus to the program in the Spring of 1970, failed to follow up in the next year. The administration, which should have been guiding and coordination force for resolving the complex questions of just where the Black Studies programs should fit into the curriculum, did virtually nothing of substance. The cycle is a familiar one; when the students and faculty stop pushing, the administration stops moving. And so on. …

Black Studies is too important to undergo such a fate. If the liberal arts education at Colby is to be anywhere near a reflection of the “real world”, then Black Studies is a necessary part of that education.


–The Colby Echo