Drawing upon copious sources, including books on Purdue, newspaper archives, yearbooks and nearly 25 hours of personal interviews with black alumni, the movie Black Purdue begins at a time when black students were denied campus food and housing, were barred from campus social life, and banned from college sports. It records the subsequent decades of struggle, the on-campus protests in the 1960s and the steady progress over the years that accorded black students equal rights.

"To witness the transformation that both Purdue and its black population underwent over the years is inspirational and it makes us believe in the power of change," said Derek Fordjour, one of the documentary's two directors. "Having watched the movie, the audience will be left with a sense of hope."

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