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William and Mary Digest: Oct. 18

William and Mary Digest: Oct. 18

First black, tenured professor honored

Trudier Harris was the first black tenured faculty member at the College of William and Mary. She came back to the college on Sept. 28 for a lecture, and to receive an award recognizing her as an integral part of the college's history.

“When I taught at the College of William & Mary between 1973 and 1979, I was 100 percent of the African-American faculty,” Harris said.

“Though I was welcomed warmly, clearly that situation needed to change. It is a testament to the tireless efforts of many good people that, at this 50th anniversary marker of African-American student presence at William & Mary, African-Americans now constitute...