Events Commemorating Desegregation Furman

Thursday, March 26, 2015

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Furman's Desegregation: Panel of Students, Faculty from 50 years ago-CLP

McEachern Auditorium, Furman Hall 214

A panel discussion of participants in the struggle, 50 years ago, to admit black students to Furman. Panelists are Jim Edwards '65, campus news reporter at the time and long-time philosophy professor; Robert Schaible '65, student body president 1964-65 and activist; Phil Hill, assistant professor in1965 and veteran professor of theatre arts. Brian Neumann will moderate.

Friday, April 24, 2015

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Joseph Vaughn Scholarship Gala
Upcountry History Museum
David E. Shi, keynote speaker

Past events

Thursday, September 4, 2014

​​​10 a.m. Convocation
McAlister Auditorium
Read: Furman awards honorary doctorate to L​​illian Brock Flemming and Sarah Reece​

Thursday, September 18, 2014

7:30 p.m. An Evening with Harvey Gantt
Daniel Recital Hall
Read: Harvey Gantt, who broke the color barrier at Clemson University, discusses the unfinished business of desegregation.

Monday, October 20, 2014

​​​​7 p.m. L.D. Johnson Lecture
Daniel Chapel Sanctuary
Lillian Brock Flemming, a recent recipient of Furman's honorary doctorate, will discuss "What Really Matters," engaging both her personal experiences as one of the first African-American students admitted to Furman in 1967 and as an engaged leader, councilwoman, and educator in the Greenville. The L.D. Johnson Lecture Series honors the life and work of the late L.D. Johnson, who served as chaplain at Furman from February 17, 1967, to December 20, 1981.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Opening Event
Black Alumni Reunion at Homecoming

Sunday, January 11, 2015

3:00 p.m. The 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala
Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center
Sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation
Contact: Travis Posley, or 864.441.9067
Tickets: $40 per person

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion on Breaking the Barrier, Joe Vaughn's admission to Furman
Johns Hall 101
CLP and open to public. Panel moderated by Dr. Courtney Tollison-Hartness will feature Lillian Brock Flemming, Harry Shucker and Sarah Reese

Thursday, February 12, 2015

7:00 p.m. "Progress, Pragmatism, and Power: Furman's Struggle over Desegregation"
Upcountry History Museum
A lecture by Brian Neumann with introduction by Steve O'Neill, part of the Upcountry History Museum series History After Dark.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Joseph Vaughn Scholarship Oratorical Competition
Trone Student Center, Burgiss Theater and Watkins Room
Sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation
Contact: Mike Chatman, or 864.735.0880

6:30 p.m. (CLP) Panel Discussion: Athletics and Desegregation
Trone Student Center, Watkins Room
Panelists are Mr. Clyde Mayes, Coach Jackie Carson-Smith, Mr. Rodney Acker, and Dr. John Block. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Steve O’Neill.

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