Edward McKnight Brawley (1851-1923) was the first African-American student to attend Bucknell University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1875 and a master's degree in 1878. Following his graduation, Brawley became a minister and religious scholar and worked as a journalist. He served as president of Selma University and Morris College, which he helped found. He was the father of noted scholar and author Benjamin Brawley, who was a college professor, author and the first dean of Morehouse College.

Brawley's family at homecoming
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140 Years Strong
Black Alumni Association celebrates a landmark in its history, honoring the first graduate.

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140 Years Strong
Black Alumni Association celebrates a landmark in its history, honoring the first graduate.

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140 Years Strong

Black Alumni Association

The Black Alumni Association seeks to increase the diversity of the Bucknell campus community and foster positive relationships between the University, multicultural students and black alumni to build and maintain a strong network.

Black Alumni Association

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Edward McKnight Brawley, 1875.

Bronze-cast bust of Edward McKnight Brawley by Professor Joe Meiser.

Brawley descendants at Homecoming 2015.

Mukta Phatak '18 and James Jennings '20 sing "A Change is Gonna Come."

Nneoma Ibezim '18, president of Bucknell's Black Student Union.

Professor Joe Meiser unveils the bust.

Professor Carmen Gillespie cuts the ribbon with Professor Joe Meiser and President John Bravman.

Linden Lewis, associate dean of faculty.

Brawley's great-granddaughter, Lee McCray.

The audience reacts at the unveiling.

Professor Joe Meiser, Lee McCray and Professor Carmen Gillespie.

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