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


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

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.

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Amanda Simpson
Director of Media Relations

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