As explained on the official Commission on Race and Slavery college webpage, this body was "convened to assist the college community in building a comprehensive understanding of the college's history. The Commission guided the development and launch of research projects and additional teaching and learning initiatives through which the Davidson community investigated and acknowledged the college's history with slavery and race as well as its historical relationships with African American communities."
In August 2020, the Commission released their final report which included a timeline of the college’s relationship to systemic racism and the presence and contributions of Black people at Davidson College since its founding. This guide is designed to surface the materials related to those timeline facts while also providing context for events and persons beyond those mentioned in the report.
This site contains materials originally published in yearbooks, newspapers, and other Davidson College publications. You may encounter upsetting racist, oppressive, and outdated representations in these documents. They are included for historical accuracy and do not represent the views of the current Davidson College community, which honors the dignity of all persons and commits itself to a quest for truth and the building of a more just and humane future.
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