Legacy Memorial Project

Thirty-five years after it opened for classes in 1926, the University of Miami admitted its first black students. The First Black Graduates Legacy Project initial goal was to identify University of Miami black graduates from 1961 to 1979, document their personal histories, raise funds for scholarships and a legacy memorial that will positively impact the lives of current UM students and generations to come.

Through dedicated alumni outreach and archival research, the project chronicles this important part of our history and honor those who blazed a trail of courage, diversity, and inclusion at the U. As the legacy evolves, in the pursuit of the roadmap initiatives the University is committed to supporting a memorial tribute to leave a permanent legacy of African American history at the U, for past, present and future Utrailblazers that have yet to leave their mark.

The Black Alumni Society's Utrailblazers - First Black Graduate committee is actively seeking support to fund the legacy memorial project. If you would like to be a part of ensuring that this rich history is on permanent display, please contact Dorean Gordon Williams, at 305-284-2206 or email dgordonwilliams@miami.edu.

Useful Resources

• Directory of First Black Graduates 1960s and 1970s
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