Belle Williams was the first black student to graduate
from New Mexico State University, in the fall of 1928.
Many or her professors would not allow her inside the
classroom, so she had to take notes from the hallway;
she was also not allowed to walk with her class to get
her diploma. Despite significant obstacles of
discrimination placed upon her, she succeeded while
pursuing her higher education.
She became a great teacher, of black students by day,
and by night she taught their parents (former slaves)
home economics. She passed away July 3, 1994 at the age
of 108. After her death, NMSU renamed the English
Department building after her.