1970: Clifton Wharton, First Black President of Major U.S. University

January 2, 2018 all-day

2015 Photo of Clifton Wharton, courtesy of MSU

On January 2, 1970, Clifton Wharton became the president of Michigan State University, making him the first black president of a major U.S. white university.

Source : Michigan History, January/February 2011.

For more information, see Clifton Wharton wikipedia entry

The 89 year old (2015) recently came out with an autobiography, “Privilege and Prejudice: The Life of a Black Pioneer,” published by MSU Press.

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