Book Documents the Struggles and Triumphs of UVA's Pioneering Black Students

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:00 -- mes3xg

Dr. Maurice Apprey, dean of UVA’s Office of African-American Affairs since 2006, procured a grant from the Jefferson Trust and worked with alumna Shelli M. Poe, now an assistant professor of religious studies at Millsaps College, to edit the volume as part of a larger project on the achievements of black students at UVA. The book’s core includes first-person narratives from seven graduates who attended the schools of Law, Medicine, Engineering and Education, plus an interview with two local black women whose families provided a home away from home for many of these early students. Framing the personal stories are a preface by Apprey; a foreword from UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan; an introduction by English professor Deborah McDowell, who directs the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies; and a historical overview of African-Americans at the University since its founding by library research archivist Ervin L. Jordan Jr. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)