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TWU Black Alumni Association commemorates 50th anniversary of TWU’s integration with event Sept. 17-18

8/15/11

DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University Black Alumni Association is celebrating the 50th anniversary of integration at TWU with a weekend long event at the university Sept. 17-18.

Activities include panel discussions on TWU’s integration with several of the university’s first African-American students and their families, a luncheon and a gala dinner. TWU Regent and Distinguished Alumnus Lola Chriss will serve as the guest speaker at the gala dinner Sept. 17.

The cost for all activities is $100, and the cost to attend the gala dinner only is $50. The registration deadline is Sept. 8. For details or to register, call (940) 898-2586 or visit www.twu.edu/alumni.

In 1961, the TWU Board of Regents voted to change the admissions policy to allow black women to apply to the university. In September 1961, Alsenia Dowells became the first African-American woman to enroll at TWU, and by the next year six more African-American students were accepted to the university. In 1966, TWU had its first African-American graduates.

Established in 2010, The TWU Black Alumni Association seeks to create a sense of community among TWU black alumni, to explore the rich history of TWU black graduates, to mentor current students toward graduation and to establish a scholarship endowment.


Media Contact:

Amanda Simpson
Director of Media Relations
940-898-3456
asimpson1@twu.edu

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