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Sept. 27, 2012

Educating those we would evangelize (Associated Baptist Press)
It began, student organizer Glenn Blackburn says, when some Baptist Student Union members formed the African Student Program, a plan to integrate Wake Forest by “embarrassing” the school into admitting a person of color from the “mission field.” They called Baptists to accept the university’s motto, Pro Humanitate (for humanity), taking responsibility for educating those whom they would evangelize.

Sept. 21, 2012, Homecoming reunion event

Ed Reynolds

Click the photo to view a photo gallery from Reynolds’ return to WFU.

  • When Wake Forest University integrated (Wake Forest News Center)
    For Edward Reynolds (’64), coming home to Wake Forest this past weekend meant a standing ovation from more than 500 people in Brendle Recital Hall and emotional reunions with many of the students, faculty and administrators who helped him when he enrolled as the first black undergraduate student at Wake Forest 50 years ago. …
  • Wake Forest remembers 50 years of integration (Old Gold & Black)
    “It takes courage to make change,” President Nathan O. Hatch said to an auditorium full of students, faculty, staff and alumni who had gathered Sept. 21 to attend “Faces of Courage” and celebrate the university’s decision to desegregate 50 years ago. Also published on Huffington Post »
  • Lessons from a Trailblazer (Winston-Salem Chronicle)
    Dr. Ed Reynolds, Wake Forest University’s first black student, returned to his alma mater last week. The San Diego, Calif. resident was on hand for a series of special events held to celebrate WFU’s decision to voluntarily integrate 50 years ago. The integration of the school is the focus of a yearlong campaign at Wake called Faces of Courage.

See also: WXII | Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Sept. 16, 2012

When Wake Forest University integrated (Winston-Salem Journal)
He came from thousands of miles away, a confident but shy young man, plucked from a secondary school in Ghana to integrate a private university in the South, in an era when such bold figures were welcomed with jeers, if not mobs. …

April 27, 2012, kickoff event

Matthew Samari and Sonia Kuguru

Click the picture to see a photo gallery from the kickoff event.

  • Wake Forest News Center
    On April 27, 1962, trustees made the decision to end racial segregation at Wake Forest and the University became the first major private college in the South to integrate. Fifty years later, Wake Forest kicks off “Faces of Courage,” a yearlong celebration of the historic decision and how it has shaped the University. …
  • Winston-Salem Journal
    Wake Forest University will mark 50 years of integration with a year’s worth of events meant to provoke discussion, bring people together and honor the students, staff and faculty members who pushed the school to become the first private university in the South to enroll black students. …
  • Fox 8
    Fifty years ago Friday, the Board of Trustees at Wake Forest University voted to end racial segregation. Some said that decision is still changing the university today. …
  • Winston-Salem Chronicle
    Wake Forest University student Sonia Kuguru, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, is a diehard Demon Deacon. Like other countless other students from across the nation and the world who have called Wake Forest home, Kuguru says she has been nurtured and embraced by the WFU family. …
  • Old Gold & Black
    In history classes across America, students learn about the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement as if they were removed events. What many students may not know is that our university has its own storied Civil Rights history, a history that is being remembered in a year-long celebration starting on April 27. …