The History of the African American Studies Major at Towson

Flyer advertising weeklong program about Black Studies from 1970 yearbook

Allyn Lawrence is a Student Researcher for the Unearthing Towson’s History Project, a collaboration between the History Department and the Special Collections and University Archives. A senior History major, Allyn worked over the summer of 2021 to research and investigate Towson’s history of diversity. Her research focuses on the African American Studies Major that once

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“Students who agitate”: The Evolution of Student Activism at TU

Protesters gathered outside Linthicum Hall listening to speaker in 1970 alongside photo of students supporting BLM in 2020

The November 17, 1961 edition of the Tower Light  included a letter to the editor written by a student named Bettina V. Monroe. This letter, entitled “Agitation Necessary Before Integration,” outlines Monroe’s assessment of social agitation and its ability to bring about legislative reform during the civil rights movement. In her writing, Monroe argued that

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Fight on Towson Tigers: Establishing the Marching Band at Towson State University

The history page of the Towson University Marching Band (TUMB) begins “In 1979, Dr. Marchand, the Towson State Music Department, and the Towson State administration brought Mr. Robert Doster to Towson State to create a marching band.” Prior to establishing the band that would become known as TUMB, the school often hired high school bands

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Passing it Forward: the Legacy of Women’s Basketball at Towson University

In 1922, rather than printing a yearbook, the graduating class elected to create a “Senior Yearbook” in the brand new student newspaper, then called The Oriole. In that issue are the first photos of the Maryland State Normal School’s (MSNS) athletic teams, namely the “basket ball teams” for that year. None of the players are identified in the

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