William & Mary will mark its fifty-year anniversary of the first African American students in residence with a year-long series of events beginning June, 2017, and continuing through May, 2018.
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Award winning journalist, Soledad O'Brien will present Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes, and in Our Lives on November 14, 2017 in the Commonwealth Auditorium for the 2017 Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellowship in American Politics Lecture.
Brave Enough to be First serves to honor the legacy of the three women who were the first African Americans in residence at William & Mary, to shed light on just how far we have come, and to inspire continued diversity and inclusion.
Living the Legacy is a dynamic exhibit featuring the intricate, inspiring stories of African Americans who experienced these inaugural years firsthand and who broke barriers for the generations to come.