100-yr old Poem from Carrie Parker

100-yr old Poem from Carrie Parker

Last summer, Indiana University Archives director Dina Kellams happened upon the name of IU’s first female African American student in a brief newspaper story. At first, IU knew little more than her name: Carrie Parker More…

Update on the NMBCC director search

Update on the NMBCC director search

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs is working diligently to identify and retain the best candidate to lead the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center.

In September it was announced that the position was being reopened following the retraction of an acceptance by an incumbent who chose to stay with their current organization.

A national search is underway for candidates who support scholars in the Black community, champion bridge building and effectively advocate for Black students. The ideal candidate should know how to use assessment tools in order to inform and guide the center’s programs and activities.

A search and screen committee has been formed and is chaired by Christina Wright Fields, a faculty member in the School of Education. Additional search committee members include Rory James, director of student diversity and inclusion for the School of Public Health-Bloomington and Gloria Howell and Justus Coleman, both current students at Indiana University Bloomington.


• The job position posted on 10/29/2015 and will remain open until 11/26/2015

• The committee will begin reviewing the applications the week of 11/30/2015 with initial interview invites extended the week of 1/11/2016

Kelley announces new Dean's Council scholarship    

Kelley announces new Deans Council scholarship

Twelve incoming Indiana University freshmen have been selected as the inaugural class of Dean’s Council Scholars by the Kelley School of Business. With special consideration given to underrepresented populations, the scholarship was open to all incoming freshmen directly admitted to the Kelley School. The scholarship is renewable as long as recipients are pursuing an undergraduate business degree and remain in good academic standing. Majors of the recipients include management, finance, operations and marketing. The scholarship was created this year out of a shared aspiration of the Kelley School’s dean and its Dean’s Council to pool their philanthropic resources to sustain and enhance the school’s diversity efforts, which includes financially challenged students as well as students from diverse cultural backgrounds. “This is a very impressive group of young men and women -- a wonderful inaugural class,” said Idalene Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “I’m very grateful to our Dean’s Council members who understood the need and came together so quickly to create this scholarship to help bring these outstanding students to the Kelley School.” The Kelley Dean’s Council was established in 1972 with the mission to provide support to the dean of the Kelley School and serve as a liaison between the school and the business community. More…

An update on Miss Carrie

An update on “Miss Carrie” double click to remove drag to move

It's difficult to even know where to begin. On July 24, I posted "A previously unknown IU pioneer," detailing how I stumbled across an 1898 newspaper article about the first African American woman to enroll at Indiana University. As I mentioned in that article, this is history that had long ago been forgotten so for us, this was not only “new,” it was “news.” From the time I found that article, I spent the next two weeks as time allowed working to uncover anything else I could about “Miss Carrie,” as I’ve come to know her, but by the time of my blog post, I had decided I just had to put the project aside. My hopes were that someone else would come across my post in the same serendipitous manner and be able to help track down Carrie’s family so that we could obtain more information, a photograph, and to make certain they knew about her status at IU. More…


IU senior Mercedes Jones is making sure no student goes hungry

IU senior Mercedes Jones is making sure no student goes hungry double click to remove drag to move double click to remove drag to move double click to remove drag to move double click to remove drag to move double click to remove drag to move

Indiana University senior Mercedes Jones was just looking to fulfill a credit when she took on an internship working on a university food pantry initiative. But what began as a frustrating college requirement quickly turned into a passionate mission: making sure no IU student goes hungry. “At first, I felt it was a burden,” she said. “I was ticked off that I had to go find another internship; I just wanted to enjoy my summer. But that wasn’t part of my plan. I was glad I was given this opportunity to work on this project because it is something needed here at IU, and I hope others realize the importance of this issue.” More…

Family of first black woman to enroll at IU pays visit to campus


For Dina Kellams, it was the end of a quest. Kellams, director of university archives and records management at Indiana University, had been on a mission. After finding a newspaper clipping that named Carrie Parker as the first African-American woman to enroll at IU, Kellams wanted to know more. But little did she know that quest would lead to a meeting last week between her and Leon Parker Taylor, Parker's son. It seemed unfathomable that Taylor, 99, would still be alive, but he was and happy to fill in the details of his mother's life. On Aug. 24, Taylor called to let Kellams know he would be visiting the campus on Aug. 27. He wanted to meet the woman who had worked so hard to track him down. Through Parker's own writings, Kellams learned what a chore it was to get an education — a task made harder by issues related to gender and race. More…

Carrie Parker,1st African American woman to enroll at Indiana University

Carrie Parker,1st African American woman to enroll at Indiana University

This is huge folks. Unless somebody has been keeping it a really good secret, to this point we had no idea who was the first African American woman to attend Indiana University. We know Frances Marshall was the first African American woman to graduate (1919), we knew there had been other black women before her who attended but did not complete their degrees, but we had no clue as to who was the first. I contacted my friends at the Office of the Registrar who confirmed that Carrie did indeed matriculate January 4, 1898 and attended through Fall 1898. Wow. Okay, now to find see what else I could find out. A bit more digging in the newspapers found a write-up about her graduation from Clinton High School, which names her as the first ever African American woman to graduate from a Vermillion county school. The article, titled “Colored Girl’s Triumph: She Overcomes Terrible Obstacles and Graduates With Distinction,” (June 4, 1897, Bedford Mail) covers nearly a full column and verily sings Parker’s praises: She was the main object of interest in the graduating exercises. Her subject was “Home and Its Influence,” and when it came her time to speak she stepped to the front, cool and unembarrassed. She handled her subject with the skill and judgment of a professional lecturer, and it was the wonder of the audience how so young a girl could have learned so much on the practical affairs of life. She easily carried off the honors of her class, and the applause was hearty.” The article continues, stating that after attending college (mistakenly stating she’d be going to Bloomington, Illinois), Parker intended to serve as a missionary to Africa. It closes with, “She has conquered the many and aggravating obstacles which confronted her during her unequal struggle in the Clinton schools, and her determination will make her a winner in the race for distinction which she now enters.” More…

Fathers Incorporated Launches The Honorable Man

Fathers Incorporated Launches “The Honorable Man” Campaign to Encourage 20,000 Black Fathers to Represent at the Upcoming Million Man March

Atlanta, GA It has been nearly 20 years since the historic Million Man March in October of 1995. Much has transpired over this time with the nation’s Black Men and Families. […] More…

Kenya Attack: Survivor of al Shabab Massacre Played Dead

Kenya Attack: Survivor of al Shabab Massacre Played Dead

The Islamist extremists who slaughtered 147 people in a Kenyan school appeared to have planned extensively, even targeting a site where Christians had gone to pray, a survivor said Friday. Police on Friday were at the campus of Garissa University College, taking fingerprints from the bodies of the four assailants and of the students and security officials who died so they could be identified. More…