SMU to introduce four of first African Americans to integrate Southern colleges

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SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program will introduce four African American trailblazers who will discuss their integration-related experiences at Southern colleges at a free public event Nov. 12, according to an SMU press release.

“Opening Doors: An Evening with the First Integrators of Southern Universities and Colleges” will be held in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall at 7:15 p.m. and is free to all SMU community members. The event will unveil a new database of higher education integration pioneers developed through research by Embrey Human Rights students.

Brad Klein, Embrey Human Rights Assistant Director, said the program is hosting the event to honor each integrator and to “show how history has embraced, or not embraced, what they did, and how their actions hopefully changed those universities for the better.”

Ulysses Bennett, Charles Bosley, Linda Pondexter Chesterfield and Bertha Bradford Robinson will speak about their respective integration-related experiences.

For more details about the event or the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program, visit the Embrey Human Rights website, the program’s office at 109 Clements Hall or contact Sherry Aikman at

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