F&M Black History Timeline
F&M Black History Timeline
1948 - Fanasi Mgbako '51 (Nigeria) is the first African student admitted.
Fanasi Mgbako '51 was the first African student to attend and graduate from F&M.
1951 - Fanasi Mgbako ‘51 (Nigeria) is the first African graduate.
- Martin Luther King Jr. visits F&M.
1966 - Professor Adebisi Otudeko (Nigeria) is the first African faculty member (Anthropology).
1967 - The Afro-American Society is formed.
1969 - Professor Samuel Allen is the first African American faculty member awarded tenure (Russian History).
- Student protest during final examination of "Interdepartmental-4: The Black Experience in America."
Professor Samuel Allen is the first African American faculty member hired by F&M, and the first African American faculty member to receive tenure in 1969.
1971 - Beverly Nelson Muldrew ‘71 is the first African American woman graduate.*
1972 - Henry Wiggins Jr., M.D., '55, P'91 is the first African American president of the Alumni Association.
1974 - Henry Wiggins Jr., M.D., '55, P'91 is the first African American awarded the Alumni Medal.
1975 - The Black Student Union is formed.
1978 - Henry Wiggins Jr., M.D., '55, P'91 is the first African American trustee elected.
The first African American woman to graduate from F&M was Beverly Nelson Muldrew '71.
2004 - Intelligent Men-of-Color Purposefully Accomplishing College Together (IMPACT) is founded.
2005 - Sophisticated Intelligent Sisters Teaching Excellence Responsibility and Success (S.I.S.T.E.R.S) is founded.
- Henry Wiggins Jr., M.D., '55, P'91 is awarded the Presidential Medal.
- Wanda Pompey Austin, Ph.D., ‘75 is honored with an Alumni Citation.
2006 - Establishment of African and Caribbean Association
2007 - Pierre Ankomah (Ghana) is the first African to win the Williamson Award.
2008 - Kalasia Daniels ’09 and Shawn Jenkins ’10 were part of the task force that formed Diplomatic Congress.
2012 - The Sydney Bridgett ’51 Awards are established.
2014 - Coming Back and Looking Forward: Celebrating 25 Years of the African American Alumni Council
- The 20th Anniversary of the African American Alumni Council Graduation Breakfast.
- Shadoe G. Tarver ’10 is awarded the GOLD Alumni Award.
2015 - Donnell Bailey ’17 becomes the first African-American student to serve as president of Diplomatic Congress and the student body.
2017 - Dr. Wanda Austin '75 is the first African American woman to serve as Commencement speaker.
- The African and Caribbean Association is revitalized.
- The first Divine Nine Greek Organization at F&M is Established - Delta Sigma Theta
- Shakeyla Flores ’18 becomes the first Afro-Latina student to be elected president of Diplomatic Congress and the student body.
- Nadia Johnson ’17 and Donnell Bailey ’17 voted Mr. and Mrs. F&M. 2017
2020 - Gretchel Hathaway P'07 (son Stephen J. Tyson Jr., class of 2007) named F&M's inaugural
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
2021 - Makaila Ranges '22 becomes the first student of African descent to win the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
Timeline created by the African American Alumni Council with the assistance of Mike
Lear, former research & collections management specialist.
*Not all information could be verified.