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Bamboozled, Kake Walk, & Blackface

BAMBOOZLED the movie

KAKE WALK the tradition

BLACKFACE the issue

Join us as we examine blackface and UVM’s once popular minstrel tradition Kake Walk through a film screening of Spike Lee’s Bamboozled. A pre-screening presentation will include a brief history of Kake Walk, an exploration of racist visual vocabulary, and a look at the resurgence of these themes. A discussion will follow the film.

7:00 PM – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 – Lafayette 108

Organized by the Center for Digital Initiatives, the Fleming Museum, and the Center for Cultural Pluralism. The CDI’s forthcoming collection Kake Walk at UVM will featured digitized archival material, and will launch on September 16th.

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4 Responses to “Bamboozled, Kake Walk, & Blackface”

  1. diane f. germain Says:

    I went to the event and would like to know who the speakers were and their titles so I can tell others about it. Possibly continue the communications on the issues. especially with the woman with the longish brown hair. Good work. diane from San Diego

  2. Robin M. Katz Says:

    Hi, Diane – Thanks for getting back in touch! The 4 University of Vermont speakers were:

    Robin M. Katz, Outreach Librarian, UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives
    Christina Fearon, Curator of Education and Public Programs, Fleming Museum
    Sherwood Smith, Director, Center for Cultural Pluralism
    Amanda Flores, HESA Graduate Assistant, Center for Cultural Pluralism

    (Amanda and I both have longish brown hair.)

    I spoke on “A History of Kake Walk Through Primary Sources,” and I’ve posted my slides online at http://www.slideshare.net/robinmkatz/kake-walk-the-event-5375583

  3. Margery Attwater Mosher Says:

    My father, Allan Attwater, who would have been in the class of 1947, (though he left) won the Kake Walk with a partner, most likely in 1944. Yes, he was in blackface, and they won a large trophy, which I believe had a winged Victory (Nike) statue on the top. An article was run in Parade Magazine (?) and our family had a copy of the photo and the article until about 12 years ago. Is there a copy in the archives somewhere? I can’t find it through your website. My dad, still living at age almost 86, is looking for it. Does anyone have this photo and/or article? Thanks!

  4. Robin M. Katz Says:

    Margery – A copy of the Parade magazine is in the archival collection at UVM. To visit our reading room and use these materials, please contact Special Collections at uvmsc@uvm.edu – (802) 656-2138 – http://library.uvm.edu/sc/. The physical collection also contains documents, programs, newspapers, and photographs not digitized for the Kake Walk at UVM collection available online at http://cdi.uvm.edu.