Request from visiting prof in that department asking about its history, prompted by my Daily Eagle post recently on the establishment of departments in the '60s. There is some material in the archives, in brief the story is that one of the demands of the Black Student Liberation Front of the late '60s was the establishment of a "Black Studies" department. That unit was started in 1970-71, with Felix Okoye as founding member and chair.
Sent her a Stylus article from '71, advised what materials we have etc. One suggestion was that Ena Farley is still around, an early and long time member of the department, an oral history interview with her would be a great thing to do.