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Black History Month Wrap-Up

During Black History Month 2019, WCU looked to our alumni to help tell the story of North Carolina’s first predominantly white institution to enroll an African-American student. We shared these stories that inspire the university to continue its enduring commitment to inclusive excellence.

In case you missed it…

These alumni were the ‘first’ African-American students in particular roles at WCU


Levern Hamlin Allen Hall

Levern Hamlin Allen


WCU’s new residence hall will house a community of 600 diverse students pursuing their dreams, and it will bear the name of an ambitious alumna who helped open the door for the opportunities they enjoy today, Levern Hamlin Allen.

She was the first African-American student at what was then Western Carolina College, and she later served on the WCU Board of Trustees.

Explore More About Allen Hall

Read the Article: Humble First


Student-Athlete Keith Elliott

Keith Elliott was the first African-American football player on scholarship at WCU, breaking the color barrier in 1969. Keith attributes this opportunity to the scholarship support he received through the Catamount Club.

Keith was inducted into the Hall of Fame in October and sat down to tell us more about his WCU experience...


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