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Eastern Illinois University Renames a Residence Hall to Honor Two African Americans

Eastern Illinois University Renames a Residence Hall to Honor Two African Americans

Zella Powell is believed to be the university’s first Black graduate, earning a degree from Eastern State Normal School in 1910. Ona Norton was the matriarch of a Black family in Charleston, Illinois, who housed Black student athletes in the 1950s who were not permitted to live on campus.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of 13 Black Administrators

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of 13 Black Administrators

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

In Memoriam: T. Vaughn Walker, 1950-2019

In Memoriam: T. Vaughn Walker, 1950-2019

Dr. Walker was senior professor of Black church studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was the first tenured African American faculty member in the 150-year history of the seminary. He was also the first African American full professor.

In Memoriam: Bill T. Ridgeway, 1926-2015

In Memoriam: Bill T. Ridgeway, 1926-2015

When Dr. Ridgeway joined the faculty at Eastern Illinois University in 1966, he was one of very few African Americans on the faculty. He taught at Eastern Illinois University for many years. retiring in the 1980s.