uncc students have a long history of speaking up & getting involved. Even in our earliest years as a new university student activists on this campus were vocal & active in their support for civil rights & the fight to end injustice. From anti-Vietnam war protests & the fight for a Black Student Union in the 1960s to the anti-police violence & Black Lives Matter movements of today, our students have stood up for what they believe in & brought about changes that we all benefit from.
In this exhibit, you will see evidence we have of that important work. You will see how student leaders dem&ed change from the administration, & you will see how they had big victories & stinging defeats. You see how our student journalists worked to raise awareness of LGBTQ & women's rights through the written word. You will see images of protests, vigils & marches. You will see artwork & paperwork. What you will not find are the original records of the student activists themselves, which do not currently exist in our archives.
We do have many records that tell the University's history, & tell it well. However, those stories are largely told from the University's perspective & not from the perspectives of the students. Because of this, the University Archives hopes to encourage our students to better keep their own records so that the stories of their unique experiences will not be lost.
In the past, we could depend on paper records to find their way to the archives, but the digital files that today's activists create are much more fragile. To help ensure that these digital records are preserved we are working to share personal digital archiving tips & strategies with the University community. By sharing this knowledge, we can ensure that the work our campus activists & community organizers do online & in person will be saved & accessible for years & years to come.
Our students continue to make change a reality. The work that our student activists & organizers are doing is important & valued. The University Archives hopes to empower our uncc community to document these ongoing efforts & preserve them for the future. Our students' perspectives matter & our shared campus history is not complete without these important voices.