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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Walking tour of significant historical sites in African American history at William & Mary. The tour will be conducted by Dr. Terry Meyers, Chancellor Professor of English, Emeritus and Mallory Walker, Mosaic Fellow, Swem Library Sites.
Lynn Briley '71, Karen Ely '71, and Janet Brown Strafer '71, M.Ed. '77, the first African American students in residence at William & Mary, will discuss their experiences integrating the university and answer questions from the audience.
An awards dinner to honor Lynn Briley '71, Karen Ely '71, and Janet Brown Strafer '71, M.Ed. '77, the first African American students in residence at William & Mary, as well as to recognize other achievements of William & Mary's African American alumni.
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.