Posted on April 21, 2017, BY Samantha Wallace

Bucknell University will commemorate the 1875 graduation of Rev. Edward McKnight Brawley, its first African-American student, with the unveiling of a statue in his likeness at noon on Monday, May 1, on the Humanities Quad by Vaughan Literature Building.

The bust of Brawley also commemorates a 1958 visit to Bucknell by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The piece will include quotes from Brawley and King. It was designed and sculpted by Professor Joe Meiser, art & art history.

Brawley graduated from Bucknell with a bachelor's degree in 1875 and a master's degree in 1878, and served as president of both Morris College and Selma University. His attendance at Bucknell made the University the first private white university or college in Pennsylvania to accept African-American students.

The commemorative celebration will include performances of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and "A Change is Gonna Come" by Mukta Phatak '18 and James Jennings '20; and remarks from President John Bravman, Student Government President Abbey Battle '17 and Black Student Union President Nneoma Ibezim '17.

For more information about the event, contact Professor Carmen Gillespie, director of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies, at carmen.gillespie@bucknell.edu.

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