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Gifted and Black: An Alumni Community Grows

1996 The Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) is established. The volunteer-led alumni group strives to stimulate intellectual and social participation, encourage contributions to the university’s ongoing efforts …
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Gifted & Black: Setting the Stage For Change

1940s During the 1940s, Rice begins an expansion built on its science and engineering prowess, nurtured by federal grants in the post-World War II era. The institute’s financial footing …
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Gifted and Black: Linda Faye Williams

” I knew that when my sister went to Rice, it was the beginning of something big,” said Susan Williams Patterson ’77. Her late older sister, Linda Faye Williams …
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Gifted and Black: Ted Henderson

The early 1960s was a heady time for kids like Ted Henderson ’70. Space Age competition between the Soviet Union and the United States was in full swing, with …
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Gifted and Black: Jacqueline McCauley

Jackie McCauley was an academic star — the first black student in Texas to be named a National Merit Scholar — and some of the country’s most prestigious colleges …
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Gifted and Black: Charles Freeman III

Charles Freeman’s quest to be different often got him into trouble. But his constant search for an identity pushed him beyond the racial tensions of the 1960s and to …
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Gifted & Black: Building Rice
8 months ago

Gifted & Black: Building Rice

Many aspects of the founding of the William Marsh Rice Institute in 1912 inspired wonder, respect and optimism. Its visionary young president, Edgar Odell Lovett, courted scholars from around …
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Gifted and Black: Push for Integration

1960 In order to bring Rice’s name in line with its identity as a broader educational institution, the Rice Institute changes its name to Rice University.

1960 President …
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Gifted and Black
8 months ago

Gifted and Black

The following timeline and oral histories explore the steps that led up to Rice’s desegregation and feature the voices of black alumni who lived that experience.


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