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Clara Belle Williams

Clara 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.

 

 

 

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