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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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Lifelong service: NPHC at W&M builds on tradition

At William & Mary, just 50 years after the university accepted its first African-American residential students, six National Pan-Hellenic Council chapter organizations continue the traditions started by their founders while evolving to address modern issues.

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Learning from the past to shape the future

The W&M School of Education hosted alumni and emeritus faculty who were among the first African-Americans to join William & Mary as students and faculty for a discussion March 15.

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Nikki Giovanni headlines Lemon Project Symposium

Giovanni, a distinguished university professor at Virginia Tech who has authored more than 27 poetry collections, urged her audience to acknowledge that the first slaves played a crucial, often ignored, part in the formation of America.

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More events honor 50 years of black students at W&M

William & Mary continues to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first African-American students in residence with special events, performances, exhibitions and guest speakers.

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O’Brien meets with students as W&M's Hunter Andrews Fellow

Her visit to campus was part of the university’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the first African-American residential students, which is being observed with special events and programming throughout the 2017-18 academic year.

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In their words: Preserving William & Mary’s history through oral storytelling

William & Mary’s oral history collection, preserved in Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center, will gain exciting new additions in the coming years as the university celebrates the 50th anniversary of African-American students in residence and the 100th anniversary of co-education.

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Winston adds to historic Homecoming celebration

Warren Winston '72, the first African-American scholarship athlete at W&M, has accepted the university's invitation to return to campus and take part in Homecoming festivities.

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Audience discusses 'Our Lady of Kibeho' with cast, collaborators

Themes of faith, race and gender were among those discussed as the cast, designers and other collaborators of William & Mary theatre’s “Our Lady of Kibeho” took audience questions following Saturday night’s performance at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.

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Save Oct. 4 for the Tack Lecture

“Brain Dance” is the 12th Tack Faculty Lecture and one in a yearlong series of events at the university to commemorate the 50th anniversary of William & Mary’s first African-American residential students.

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W&M kicks off 50th commemoration with mural unveiling

More than 200 people attended the opening reception, held at Swem Library, to honor the three women, Lynn Briley ‘71, Janet Brown Strafer ‘71 and Karen Ely ’71, who moved into Jefferson Hall in 1967.

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W&M commemorates 50 years of black students with events, performances

The 2017-2018 school year marks the 50th anniversary of the first African-American residential students admitted to William & Mary. The university honors them and William & Mary’s entire African-American community this year through “Building on the Legacy,” a series of special events, guest speakers and performances.

Hulon Willis Association 25th Anniversary
Hulon Willis Association 25th Anniversary

Close to 200 members of the Hulon Willis Association, W&M Alumni Association's African-American affinity group, gathered in Washington, D.C. to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

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Former Virginia Supreme Court Justice John Charles Thomas to speak at Convocation

Judge John Charles Thomas, the first black justice appointed to the Supreme Court of Virginia and a longtime member of the William & Mary Board of Visitors, will welcome the university’s newest students to campus at the 2017 Opening Convocation ceremony, to be held Aug. 30 at 5:15 p.m. in the Wren Yard.

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She Helps Make Winners

Dr. Carroll Hardy, associate dean of student affairs, helps minorities and the disabled strive for success.

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Success Strategies for Minorities

Three schools, including William & Mary, improvised strategies to ward off discouragement among black applicants.