Cornell History: Ujamaa Residential College opens
September 14, 1972
Ujamaa Residential College opens. Named for the Swahili for “familyhood,” Ujamaa was an experiment in cooperative living that focused on the concepts of self-reliance, hard work and cooperative economics. Plans included a film series, guest scholars and jazz musicians, a “big brother/big sister” tutorial program, karate class and two courses on African heritage: the African-American experience and the history and politics of racism.