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Duke University Renames Iconic Building to Honor First Black Women to Attend the School

For the first time in its campus history, Duke University will name one of its iconic buildings after a Black woman. Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke — one of the “First Five” undergraduate Black students to enroll at the university in 1963 — will have her name on the university’s sociology-psychology building, which will now be known as the Reuben-Cooke Building, according to CNN . Duke President Vincent E. Price reveals the building itself predates the campus’ integration by about 30 years, but will now bear her name and the significance behind it as one of the university’s pioneers. “This historic decision reflects Professor Reuben-Cooke’s leadership as one of the first five Black undergraduates at Duke, her extraordinary career as an attorney, law professor, and university administrator, and her long service as a trustee of both Duke University and The Duke Endowment,” Price said. During her earlier years, Reuben-Cooke was active in the civil rights movement while she was also attending...

Njera Perkins

Sep 29, 2020