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Topic: Brown history

Trailblazing Black athletes and coaches, William White, class of 1883, Fritz Pollard, class of 1919 and Jackie Court, a former gymnastics coach, contributed to the development of Brown Athletics on and off the field.


Pioneers on the playing field: Bruno’s first Black athletes and coaches

February 18, 2021 0 comments

While today’s Brown Athletics program displays diversity among its coaches and athletes, this has not always been the case. Throughout the history of Brown Athletics, trailblazing Black athletes and coaches have battled racism and adversity to earn athletic achievements while helping to build a more equitable program.

Redding participated in important University affairs, including the 1975 University Hall takeover.

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The Ivy League’s first Black faculty member: J. Saunders Redding’s impact on literature and academia

February 18, 2021 0 comments

Just over 60 years ago, long before Brown’s Africana Studies department and concentration came to be, a course on “African Americans in American Literature” was offered.

Ethel Tremaine Robinson overcame severe racism and sexism in order to become Brown’s first Black female alum in 1905, when she graduated from the University with honors.

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Brown’s first Black female graduate: Ethel Robinson’s legacy on College Hill

February 11, 2021 0 comments

Life at Brown had been changing rapidly at the turn of the 20th century.  A decade before, in 1891, University President Elisha Benjamin Andrews, class of 1870, began his quest to admit women to Brown for the first time.

George Washington Milford and Inman Page, Class of 1877, were the University's first Black graduates.

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“Genius is not always the gift of those in fortunate circumstances”: Brown’s first Black graduates

February 4, 2021 1 comment

On a Wednesday in June 1877, a procession of hundreds of students, alumni and community members marched across the campus of Brown University. Led by a marching band and a Providence sheriff, they crossed College, Benefit, Waterman and Main streets on the way to the First Baptist Meeting House.