The Georgia Tech Afro-American Association (GTAAA) was formed in 1968 with the aim of bringing an awareness to Georgia Tech about the contributions of African-American students, as well as serving as a support group for black students. The organization was active in publishing a newsletter featuring black students' writings and job postings. This collection includes the 1968 constitution, newsletters, and an "Exponent" article about the GTAAA.
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These records include the GTAAA constitution, newsletters, and an "Exponent" article about the group. The "Exponent" article features interviews with two GTAAA members.
Georgia Tech first admitted African-American students in September 1961 with the enrollment of three black students. Seven years later, in the spring of 1968, the Georgia Tech Afro-American Association (GTAAA) was founded by seventeen black and white students with the intention of raising student consciousness about black-related issues. The group was also to serve as a support group for black students.
The group pursued campus recognition of and improvements for African Americans. For example, in February 1969, GTAAA helped lead Tech to observe Negro History Week for the first time. The GTAAA was also active in 1975 and 1979 in presenting the administration with grievances concerning campus conditions for blacks.
The GTAAA made and released its constitution in newsletter form, stating the organization's purpose and rules in 1968. The GTAAA also published a regular newsletter, featuring original writings by Tech's black students, job postings, and goals for the GTAAA. The GTAAA saw the newsletter as an integral tool for communication and encouragement for African-American students.
The collection was kept in original order.
A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.
Accession #1994.0202 (old number: 94-02-02).
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Laura Masce processed these papers in 2003.