The African American Student Experience at Illinois: The Early Years University of Illinois Archives, Rm 146 Library, 1408 West Gregory, Urbana, 7pm-8:30pm With opening remarks by Chancellor Robert Jones
African American students enrolled at the University, starting in the late 1880s. By the turn of the century, black student numbers continued to increase, although in small increments. Professors Tamara Hoff and Vanessa Rouillon share their research on African American experience in these earliest years on campus and in the Champaign-Urbana community. They illustrate how these students organized, networked and supported one another through social organizations (such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.) and through the local community’s educational and social outlets (specifically, the Bethel AME Church).