To wrap up the 60th anniversary desegregation campus-wide reading event for An Education in Georgia: Charlayne Hunter, Hamilton Holmes, and the Integration of the University of Georgia (UGA Press), Mary Frances Early, music educator, writer, and the first African-American student to graduate from UGA, and Phaidra Buchanan, current undergraduate majoring in social studies education and minoring in German, Foundation Fellow, and UGA's first African-American Rhodes scholar (2021), will be in conversation with moderator Cynthia Dillard, Mary Frances Early Endowed Professor of Teacher Education at UGA, to discuss the past, present, and future of a desegregated UGA.
This is a free virtual event open to the UGA community and the public at large. Registration is required to attend.
Mary Frances Early is the first African-American graduate student to earn a degree from UGA in 1962. In 2018, she was awarded UGA's President's Medal, and in the following year, UGA's College of Education was name in her honor.
Phaidra Buchanan is a senior at UGA studying social studies education and German. Buchanan helped examine the university’s role in the institution of slavery and studied the lived experiences of enslaved people connected to the university as a member of the History of Slavery at UGA research team. She is the first African-American Rhodes Scholar recipient.
Cynthia Dillard is the first Mary Frances Early Endowed Professor of Teacher Education at UGA and is a prolifically published scholar in fields such as multicultural education, black feminism, and diversity. She has received numerous awards, such as the Critics' Choice Book Award for "Engaging Culture, Race and Spirituality: New Visions" in 2014 and Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Educational Research in 2012.