The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan (MED’58), secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, addresses the graduates at Commencement. Sullivan would go on to become president of the Morehouse College School of Medicine.


Derek Walcott, professor of English, wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.


Student leaders in the Thurman Center propose the creation of a student organization that would reflect the Thurman legacy and deal with contemporary issues affecting group relations. They are called Associates in the Search for Common Ground.


Lauren Swann, MS, RD, LDN becomes the first African-American selected for the Outstanding Nutrition Entrepreneurs Award from the American Dietetic Association Nutrition Entrepreneurs (formerly Consulting Nutritionists) practice group. In 2008, Swann becomes the first African-American elected to chair the Nutrition Entrepreneurs practice group, a national Executive Committee of the American Dietetic Association. She also co-authors the country’s first healthy soul food cookbook, The Black Family Dinner Quilt Cookbook, written by The National Council of Negro Women in honor of Dr. Dorothy Height. Swann traced the history of African-American dietary habits from the time of slave-trade capture to contemporary health status relative to the meaning and role of soul food.


Wynn Thomas (CFA ’75), served as a production designer for eight Spike Lee films, including She’s Gotta Have It, and was honored in 1996 with a Distinguished Award for set design by Boston University CFA’s School of Theater.


Jeanette Thornton’s (MED ’81) story is dramatized in the made-for-television movie The Ditch Digger’s Daughters. Today, Dr. Thornton is an Addiction Psychiatrist and author of Prescriptive Cuisine and co-author of another book with her youngest sister, Rita, entitled A Suitcase Full of Dreams. She is writing her third book, which takes an in-depth look at food addiction obesity.


Dr. Leah Hollis (SED’98) is a Martin Luther King, Jr. fellow. Since then, Hollis has become a noted educator, researcher, and lecturer. Her work, which centers on current unlawful discrimination suffered by women from diverse backgrounds, suggests that discrimination is not confined to minority status. Her research suggests that opportunity in American society continues to be adversely affected by one’s protected class membership. In her book, Unequal Opportunity, Hollis takes the time to tell the stories of real victims of discrimination, bringing life to the stories behind dull court records in an imaginative and compelling way.

Pearline Booth Greene is the first African American Elementary School Principal appointed in the Centennial School District in Warminster, PA. Greene also organized the Bucks County Chapter Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and served as the chapter’s first president.

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