University of Georgia to Rename Two Campus Buildings After History-Making Black Graduates

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Administrators at the University of Georgia (UGA) announced plans to name two buildings on the campus after Black graduates who made history at the school.

Officials plan to name the science library after Shirley Mathis McBay, who was the first Black student to earn a doctorate from UGA in 1966. McBay, who became a math professor at Spelman College, died Saturday at 86.

UGA officials also want to name a student residence hall expected to be completed next fall, after Harold A. BlackMary Blackwell Diallo, and Kerry Rushin Miller. The three were the first Black students to enroll as freshmen who completed their undergraduate degrees. Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the trio’s enrollment.

Students and parents have been complaining about the university’s housing conditions, saying it’s affecting the students’ health.

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SOURCE: Black Enterprise