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William & Mary joins Colonial Williamsburg, community to commemorate Juneteenth 2021

William & Mary will join Colonial Williamsburg and other partners including the City of Williamsburg and the Let Freedom Ring Foundation to commemorate Juneteenth with a series of special events beginning on June 19 – the date in 1865 when U.S. forces announced emancipation in Texas and ended slavery in the United States.

Jody Allen
W&M's Jody Allen appointed to commission to study slavery

Jody Allen, assistant professor of history at William & Mary and director of the Lemon Project, was recently appointed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to the Commission to Study Slavery and Subsequent De Jure and De Facto Racial and Economic Discrimination.

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W&M’s working group on naming, renaming submits final report

William & Mary’s Working Group on the Principles of Naming and Renaming (PNR) this week presented its final report to President Katherine A. Rowe, who accepted it during the Board of Visitors meeting Thursday in the Alumni House.

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W&M board hears updates on COVID, finances, antiracism

During a virtual meeting July 15, William & Mary administrators, faculty, students and staff updated the Board of Visitors executive committee on the university’s financial position, inclusion and equity efforts and plans for fall.

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First history of African Americans at W&M published

“Building on the Legacy: African Americans at William & Mary,” an illustrated history, was written by Jacquelyn McLendon, professor of English, emerita, and was released this month.

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W&M unifies diversity and inclusion initiatives

William & Mary is taking a university-wide approach to diversity and inclusion following task force reports by each of its five schools: Arts & Sciences, the W&M School of Education, W&M Law School, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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Q&A: Robert Trent Vinson on the history, legacies of 1619

W&M News recently talked with Robert Trent Vinson, Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of History and Africana Studies, about 1619, its significance and its part in the upcoming ASWAD conference.

Study Away course takes students to heart of Civil Rights movement

Titled “Honestly Remembering Together,” the Study Away course encouraged students to draw connections between the legacy of extra-legal violence (like terror lynchings) in the United States and modern-day capital punishment.

Ideas wanted for memorial to the enslaved

A competition is being launched today to solicit conceptual ideas for a Memorial to African-Americans Enslaved by William & Mary.

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The Lemon Project: A journey of reconciliation

As the long-term Lemon Project effort prepares for the next chapter, a Board of Visitors resolution apologizes for W&M’s history of owning slaves and racial discrimination.

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Commemorating 50 years of African-Americans in residence

Brafferton renewal complete

The Brafferton, part of William & Mary's Historic Campus, has undergone a complete renewal.

W&M to host Virginia Indian Nations Summit on Higher Education

Students and faculty members from across the state will meet with Virginia Indian tribal representatives at William & Mary's School of Education Feb. 18-20 for the Virginia Indian Nations Summit on Higher Education.