On Friday, October 2, at 12:30pm in Holmes Convocation Center, members of the Appalachian State University community will come together to commemorate integration at Appalachian through a special, campus event. Together, alumni, students, faculty, staff and the broader community will celebrate inclusion and diversity and honor trailblazers of desegregation, brave men and women who helped pave the way for the access and diversity that today characterizes the Appalachian experience. First year seminar students have a special invitation– you are encouraged to attend this event!
The event will feature a keynote address by Delaware State University President, Dr.Harry Williams. After graduating from Appalachian (’86, ’88, ’95), Williams became the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services on campus and later served the UNC General Administration as Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and then Interim Senior Associate Vice
President for Academic and Student Affairs. The latter allowed him to focus on access and outreach for all 17 campuses in the UNC system, allowing him to focus on his passion “access for all.”
The program will also feature musical and artistic contributions as well as a presentation of Faces of Courage Awards, including Mrs. Barbara Reeves Hart, one of the first African American graduates of Appalachian; Dr. Carolyn Anderson, the first African American full‐time faculty member; Dr. Willie C. Fleming, founder of the Black Student Association and the BSA
Gospel Choir; and Dr. Zaphon Wilson, founder of the Black Faculty & Staff Association.