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Appendix A: Meeting between The Board Committee to Seek Presidents and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition

Appendix A consists of a list of all those present at a March 14, 1968 meeting between the Board Committee to Seek Presidents for Community Colleges Seven and Eight and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition Steering Committee. It also outlines the "two [...]

Letter from Frederick H. Burkhardt to Al Vann

This is a letter from Frederick H. Burkhardt, chairman of the Committee to Seek Presidents for Community Colleges Seven and Eight, to Al Vann, chairman of the Steering Committee of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition. In it, Burkhardt informs Vann that [...]

Letter from Al Vann to Mr. Chandler: New College Must be Four Year College

In this letter from Al Vann, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition, Vann forcefully reasserts his organization's demand that the new college be both a 4-year institution and community controlled. Addressed to Porter [...]

Memorandum of Understanding from Al Vann

In this memorandum of understanding between the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition and a committee from the Board of Higher Education (likely the Presidential Search Committee), Al Vann, the chairman of the Coalition's steering committee, acknowledges two [...]

Memo from Al Vann: On Educational Needs and Services –The Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition

This unaddressed memo is from Al Vann, Chairman of Steering Committee, and appears to be directed towards Frederick Burkhardt, Chairman of the Committee to Seek a President for Community College Seven (Medgar Evers College). Vann requests funds to [...]

Telegram from Al Vann to CUNY Officials

In this telegram from Al Vann, chairman of the Steering Committee of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition, to Porter R. Chandler, Frederick Burkhardt, and Chancellor Albert Bowker, Vann lists the community's five selected representatives that will sit [...]

Letter from Chancellor Albert Bowker to Al Vann: Space and Personnel

Letter from Chancellor Albert Bowker to Al Vann, Chairman of Bedford-Stuyvesant Steering Committee, outlining the ways in which the University can meet the request of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition for space and personnel.

Telegram from Al Vann: Promising Action if Services and Personnel are Withdrawn

This telegram was sent from Al Vann to CUNY Chancellor Albert Bowker. Vann, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition. Vann writes the message on behalf of the Coalition's member organizations in an effort to challenge [...]

The Educational Affiliate, The College in Brooklyn: Prospectus

Drafted in 1967, the Educational Affiliate, The College in Brooklyn: Prospectus, the work of the Affiliate had been inspired and supported by Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Staff of the Educational Affiliate included William Birenbaum, President, and [...]

Minutes of July 25, 1968, Community Meeting of the Bedford- Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services

On July 25, 1968, the Bedford Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services (B-SCENS) held a community meeting to discuss ongoing negotiations with the City University of New York (CUNY) regarding plans to develop a new college in Central [...]

How the new Community College 7 will be "different": September 18, 1968 Letter from Al Vann to Frederick Burkhardt

On September 18, 1968, Al Vann, Chairman of the Negotiation Team and Steering Committee of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services (B-SCENS), wrote to Frederick Burkhardt, Chairman of the New York City Board of Higher [...]

October 7, 1968, Letter from Al Vann to the editors of the New York Amsterdam News

On October 7, 1968, Al Vann, chairman of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services, wrote a letter to the Editor of the New York Amsterdam News, responding to an editorial published a week earlier. The editors of the [...]

Preliminary Site Selection Report for the proposed Community College 7

On November 4, 1968, Charles Wright, Planning Consultant to the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services (B-SCEN) submitted a memo to Al Vann, chairman of the Negotiation Committee detailing four possible sites he had [...]

December 10, 1968 Letter from Al Vann to Frederick Burkhardt

On December 10, 1968, Al Vann, Chairman of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services (B-SCENS), wrote to Frederick Burkhardt, Chairman of the New York City Board of Higher Education, to comment on a debate that had [...]

January 19, 1969, Letter from Justice Thomas Jones to Al Vann announcing Jones's resignation from the Negotiation Team for Community College 7

On January 19, 1969 New York State Justice Thomas Jones wrote to Al Vann, Chairman of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition for Educational Needs and Services (B-SCENS), resigning from his position as a member of the five-member Negotiation Team [...]

July 1969 Progress Summary to the Community from Al Vann

In July 1969 Al Vann, Chairman of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services (B-SCENS), wrote a “Progress Summary to the Community,” detailing the activities and positions of the Negotiation Team, delegated by the [...]

Unsigned July 27, 1969 Letter from "Concerned Members of the Negotiation Team" to Al Vann

On July 27, 1969, “Concerned members of the Negotiation Team” of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services (B-SCENS) drafted a letter to Al Vann, Chairman of the B-SCENS and the Negotiation Team, asking that he postpone [...]

September 24, 1969 Letter from Chancellor Albert Bowker to Al Vann

On September 24, 1969, Albert Bowker, Chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY) wrote to Al Vann, a community leader of Bedford-Stuyvesant, formally informing him of the Board of Higher Education’s Resolution eight days before to [...]

September 24, 1969 Letter from Al Vann to Porter Chandler

On September 24, 1969, Al Vann, Chairman of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services (B-SCENS) wrote a letter to Porter Chandler, Chairman of the Board of Higher Education, responding to a recent Resolution of the Executive [...]

Chancellor Albert Bowker to Al Vann: Letter - May 22, 1969

On May 22, 1969, Albert Bowker, Chancellor of the City University of New York wrote a letter to Al Vann, Chairman of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services (B-SCENS), conveying his wish to overcome a “deadlock” over [...]


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