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Davidson College marks desegregation
First black students return for homecoming
 
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012 2:44 pm
by Staff Reports

Davidson College will commemorate 50 years of desegregation with a series of events during homecoming weekend, Oct.5 and 6.


The occasion will include reflections on the beginnings of racial integration, diversity on campus today, and a look toward the future.


Davidson’s Board of Trustees opened the doors first to African students. Dr. Benoit Nzengu, a surgeon living near Paris, enrolled in the fall of 1962, and Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, who teaches at UNC-Chapel Hill, enrolled in the fall of 1963. Both men will attend the commemoration, and Nzengu will offer one of Friday evening’s keynote “Alumni Reflections.”


Members of the general public are invited to attend presentations over the weekend. On Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. in Chambers Building Room 1062 Joseph Howell (Class of 1964) will discuss his book, “Civil Rights Journey, The Story of a White Southerner Coming of Age during the Civil Rights Revolution.” Howell grew up in a privileged Nashville family during the last years of Jim Crow, got involved in the civil rights movement as a Davidson student, and ultimately worked on the front lines of the movement.

Howell’s wife, Embry, who worked with him on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1966, will join him. She is the daughter of the late Davidson President Grier Martin.
Three public talks on Oct. 6 in Chambers Building will address the current state of Davidson’s diversity efforts.


• “Multicultural Affairs at Davidson” at 9 a.m. will be led by Tae-Sun Kim, director of multicultural affairs, and Sarbeth Felming, associate dean and director of multicultural admission. They will discuss demographic changes at Davidson over the years and initiatives by the college to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse community.


• “Faculty of Color and Curricular Diversity, Campus Climate and Tenure” at 10 a.m. will be led by associate professor of anthropology Helen Cho and assistant professor of education Hilton Kelly. They will speak about the role of faculty of color in supporting college diversity initiatives, as well as new projects and classes being offered in the Ethnic Studies Concentration.


• “The ACE Investment” at 11 a.m. in Chambers Building will explain this Davidson program to blend networking and career advice to help bring together alumni of color with distinct professional passions.


For more information about the weekend’s activities, call (704) 894-2642.

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