We celebrated several events during the 2014-2015 academic year to commemorate 50 years of desegregation at Furman.

2015 Events

11 Jan

The 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala

Sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation Contact: Travis Posley, mlkgala@gglapa.org or 864.441.9067 Tickets: $40 per person Website: www.alphagreenville.org

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11 Feb

Panel Discussion on Breaking the Barrier, Joe Vaughn’s admission to Furman

CLP and open to public. Panel moderated by Dr. Courtney Tollison-Hartness will feature Lillian Brock Flemming, Harry Shucker and Sarah Reese

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12 Feb

“Progress, Pragmatism, and Power: Furman’s Struggle over Desegregation”

A lecture by Brian Neumann with introduction by Steve O’Neill, part of the Upcountry History Museum series History After Dark.

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21 Feb

Joseph Vaughn Scholarship Oratorical Competition​

Sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation Contact: Mike Chatman, contact@alphagreenville.orgor 864.735.0880 Website: www.alphagreenville.org

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21 Feb

Panel Discussion: Athletics and Desegregation

Panelists are Mr. Clyde Mayes, Coach Jackie Carson-Smith, Mr. Rodney Acker, and Dr. John Block. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Steve O’Neill.

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26 Mar

Furman’s Desegregation: Panel of Students, Faculty from 50 years ago

A panel discussion of participants in the struggle, 50 years ago, to admit black students to Furman. Panelists are Jim Edwards ’65, campus news reporter at the time and long-time philosophy professor; Robert Schaible ’65, student body president 1964-65 and activist; Phil Hill, assistant professor...

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2014 Events

04 Sep


Read: Furman awards honorary doctorate to Lillian Brock Flemming and Sarah Reece

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18 Sep

An Evening with Harvey Gantt

Read: Harvey Gantt, who broke the color barrier at Clemson University, discusses the unfinished business of desegregation.

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20 Oct

L.D. Johnson Lecture

Lillian Brock Flemming, a recent recipient of Furman’s honorary doctorate, will discuss “What Really Matters,” engaging both her personal experiences as one of the first African-American students admitted to Furman in 1967 and as an engaged leader, councilwoman, and educator in the Greenville. The L.D....

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