Upendo Lounge in Chase Hall

Opened in 1973, Upendo Lounge was the first formal Black counter-space on the campus which operated to provide for the social needs of Black students within and against the whiteness of the University’s culture. Upendo served for almost two decades as the central social space for Black students, but faced tremendous scrutiny and retaliation from the University through established institutional practices of discrimination and neglect.

“Newly Elected BSM Chairman Willie Mebane.” Photograph in Black Ink, April 1973. Accessed 23 May 2018.

Organization: Black Student Movement

Space Use: Student Life

Spatial Organizing Approach: Creation

Date Created: 1972

Date Ended: 2003

Campus Space: Upendo Lounge

Citation: Interview with Henry Foust by Monique LaBorde, 24 November 2015, N-0036 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.