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Missouri State University to Honor Its First African-American Applicant
In 1950, Mary Jean Price graduated second in her high school class in Springfield, Missouri. She was the first black student to apply to the college, which is now Missouri State University. Price never received the courtesy of a reply from the college. Sixty years after Mary Jean Price sent in her application, Missouri State University will bestow an honorary degree on its first black applicant at its summer commencement ceremony. (click to read more)

The New President of Hillsborough Community College
Ken Atwater is the new president of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. Since 2001 he has been president of South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. (click to read more)

Promising Numbers on Minority Enrollments at the University of Michigan
In 2005, the year before the voter referendum in Michigan which banned affirmative action, blacks made up 7.2 percent of the freshman class at the University of Michigan. In the fall of 2009, blacks were 4.8 percent of the entering students. But preliminary data for 2010 shows that black enrollments may be on the rise. (click to read more)

Honor for Early Black Graduate of West Point
Efforts are under way in Congress to make the home of Charles Young in Xenia, Ohio, part of the National Park Service. In 1889 Young was the third African American to graduate from West Point. He was the first African American to rise to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army. (click to read more)

Temple University Students Participate in Archaeological Dig of Pre-Civil War African-American Settlement in New Jersey
Archaeology students at Temple University in Philadelphia have been at work at the site of Timbuctoo, an African-American settlement in Burlington County, New Jersey, that dates back to the 1820s. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Cleveland State University • Henry N. Tisdale • Melvin Wade • Nathan Connolly • Zack E. Hamlett Jr. • Ronald L. Carter • Phyllis Jackson (click to read more)
One Black Among the Nine New Members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1904 as a highly selective group of 50 members within a larger organization called the National Institute of Arts and Letters. This year nine new members were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among the new members is composer Tania León. (click to read more)

Morehouse College Signs PR Firm to Help Advance the Educational Mission of Its Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Collection
MWW Group, one of the nation's leading public relations firms, has been selected by Morehouse College to enhance the educational mission of the college's 10,000-piece collection of the papers of Martin Luther King Jr. (click to read more)

A Slave Cemetery May Lie Beneath a Parking Lot at Virginia Commonwealth University
Sa'ad El-Amin, founder of The Society for Preservation of African-American History and Antiquities, petitioned a circuit court judge in Richmond to demand that the state of Virginia use "state-of-the-art test excavations" to determine if a parking lot on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University was on top of a slave cemetery. (click to read more)

President of Historically Black Tennessee State University Announces That He is Stepping Down
Melvin N. Johnson, who has served as president of historically black Tennessee State University in Nashville since 2005, announced that he will step down at the end of this year. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Spencer G. Shaw, an internationally known advocate for reading programs for children and professor of information sciences at the University of Washington, died last month at a hospital in Farmington, Connecticut. He was 93 years old.

David Blackwell, the esteemed statistician who was the first African American to gain tenure at the University of California at Berkeley, has died of natural causes at the age of 91. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Ann Lampkin-Williams • Enzley Mitchell IV • Gwendolyn Hackney • Diedre L. Badejo • Alfred L. Davis • Wayne Harris • Jessica M. Bailey • Calvin Banks • Stacey Franklin Jones (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Virginia State University • Lincoln University • Fort Valley State University (click to read more)

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