When Rev. Robert L. Gilbert became Baylor's first African-American graduate 50 years ago, he had survived the battles with prejudice and misunderstanding that are common with cultural trailblazers. The challenges he faced as one of the few African-American students at a newly integrated school were only a fraction of the painful struggles that he overcame during his short but eventful life.
Minutes after Robert Gilbert became the university's first African-American graduate, Barbara Walker received her diploma and became Baylor's first female African-American graduate.
While Gilbert and Walker shared the stage at that historic commencement, their experiences at Baylor were quite different. Gilbert remembered his Baylor years as a time of struggle against both racial prejudice and physical disabilities, and he didn’t join in many campus groups or activities. By contrast, Walker looks back fondly on her Baylor years as a time of exciting personal growth when she found good friends among students of all races.
Eric S. Ames shares a reflection on the different creative works that were inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream speech." These works were discovered as part of the research and work of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. Eric S. Ames is Curator of Digital Collections, Digital Projects Group; Lecturer, Department of Museum Studies; Affiliate Library Liaison, Department of Museum Studies.
WACO, Texas (Jan. 13, 2017) – Two Baylor University professors traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to join former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios in the launch of Empowerment 2020, her movement to empower women leading up to the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
WACO, Texas (Dec. 1, 2016) — The fall 2016 CaBEARet, an evening of Tony Award-winning musical theatre featuring Baylor University theatre arts students, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 in Jones Theater of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave.
Nov. 28, 2016 AUDIO: On this episode of Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments, Baylor journalism professor Robert Darden takes a look at jubilee, a gospel music styling that could be the root of Doo-Wop, the popular 1950s genre. Darden is founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, which provides the sounds and stories for this weekly radio program.
In January, we introduced you to Allison Dickson, JD ’07, the 2007 Baylor Law valedictorian who refused to let a lifelong battle with a muscular condition deter her from her dreams. Allison lives with Werdnig-Hoffman disease, which leads to atrophy of her spinal muscles. Simple tasks like lifting paper and books can be difficult — …
[Earlier this month, a team from across Baylor and Waco organized a Free Farmers Market as part of an effort to make sure BU students — particularly the food insecure — have accessible, nutritious food. Learn more here.] “One of the national issues being talked about in higher ed is student hunger on college campuses. My …
Baylor’s mission as an institution of higher learning compels us to embrace diversity – of ideas, ways of thinking, experiences, and, crucially, participation by the full spectrum of humanity. Its mission as a faith-based institution compels us to embrace diversity with love, compassion, charity, respect, and with the humility that comes from being equal participants in the shared human experience.
A large and diverse group of Baylor students, faculty, staff, and administrators joined together to support Natasha “Tasha” Nkhama as she walked from class in the Tidwell Bible Building to the Baylor Science Building on Friday morning. The gathering, “I Walk With Natasha,” was prompted to show support in the wake of a racist incident…
Our community is hurting as we learn more about, and begin our response to, a series of racially motivated incidents on campus. We strongly support Baylor University’s statement condemning this behavior towards members of our community while reaffirming our commitment to our values of diversity, safety, and civil discourse.
WACO, Texas (Nov. 10, 2016) - Baylor administration has been made aware of a student who was pushed and subjected to racially offensive language from another student yesterday while on campus. The behavior is deeply disturbing and does not in any way reflect Baylor’s faith or values. We wholeheartedly condemn the behavior.
WACO, Texas (Nov. 9, 2016) – Baylor University, Veteran Educational and Transitional Services (VETS), Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC will host a Veterans Day Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center, 1311 S. Fifth St.
Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, is interviewed about how saying farewell to the death involves preparation of meals and graveside feasting in some cultures ranging from Mexico to Ghana to China to Texas. Cann’s research focuses on death and dying, including how lives are remembered and celebrated. “In some ways, they’re trying to negotiate a relationship with the deceased... It’s one way of accepting death, a material conduit between this world and the other world.”
Dr. Vivienne Malone-Mayes first became aware of segregation as a preschooler, when she used the wrong public water fountain. Her mother, horrified, yanked her back and pushed her toward the other fountain. “She just explained to me that this was the way the world was, and we had to accept it, and there was nothing we can do …
WACO, Texas (Oct. 28, 2016) – Amina Wadud, Ph.D., will give a lecture entitled “Combining Spirit, Intellect and Social Justice for Islamic Reform and a Better World” at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Miller Chapel of Tidwell Bible Building, 600 Speight Ave.
Oct. 26, 2016 Baylor University and South Texas College announced the creation of a Baylor Bound transfer agreement on Monday, which allows students to transfer easily to Baylor. “For students who live in that area, I think they should be excited that now they’ve been handed an opportunity to follow a pathway that is without any ambiguity as far as what courses they’ll have transfer to Baylor,” said Wesley Null, Ph.D., vice provost for undergraduate education at Baylor. “They’ll know from the beginning and can start planning before they start their first semester.”
In the midst of the challenges we are facing at Baylor, it is important for us to remember “the hope to which we have been called” (Eph. 1:18). In a reflection this past summer for Baylor Magazine (www.baylor.edu/alumni/magazine/1403/index.php?id=934251), I note that the virtue of hope enables us to face the brokenness of our lives and…
WACO, Texas (Oct. 25, 2016) — The 2016 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture will focus on “Higher Learning” with nearly 200 presenters exploring the promise and challenges in contemporary colleges and universities. Each year, the Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture,
WACO, Texas (Oct. 24, 2016) – Baylor University and South Texas College today announced the creation of a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions and continue to expand educational opportunities for young people all across Texas.