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Fifty years ago this fall, a young man from Elgin, Texas, enrolled at Baylor with plans to walk on to the football team. A year later, that man — John Hill Westbrook, BA ’69 — made history as the first African American to play a down of football in the Southwest Conference. Westbrook’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather […]
Feb. 18, 2015
Baylor senior Savion Wright may have been eliminated from “American Idol” in 2014, but that hasn’t stopped him from giving his dream. Wright once again auditioned for the show’s 14th season and is currently a Top 24 contestant vying for a spot in the Top 12. Wright is majoring in medical humanities, but recognizes that music is his true calling. He told the Houston Chronicle, “Baylor really developed me as an artist.”
WACO, Texas (Feb. 13, 2015) – Color does not define people; their actions are what leave a legacy.

Join Baylor’s Department of Multicultural Affairs in celebrating Black History Month 2015 throughout the month of February. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Black is My Color, Not My Story.”
In an effort to unite different cultures at Baylor, the first International Culture Show will showcase 11 cultural performances with more than 100 students competing for a grand prize of $500.

The free show, presented by Omega Delta Phi, will begin at 7 p.m. today at Minglewood Bowl.
WACO, Texas (Oct. 15, 2014) — “Marching to Zion: Celebrating and Preserving Black Sacred Music” — Baylor University’s 2014 Pruit Symposium — will bring together leading voices in black gospel music for conversation, celebration and music on Thursday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 25, on the Baylor campus.
WACO, Texas (Oct. 15, 2014) – In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Baylor University Hispanic Student Association will host ABC News correspondent and “What Would You Do?” anchor John Quiñones during its annual banquet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, on the fifth floor of Cashion Academic Center.
Efforts to raise awareness of the perilous situation faced by our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as other persecuted peoples in Iraq and Syria have been held on campus in recent days. This resource page covers some of those efforts and supplies links to ways concerned people can help.
By Larry Little
A blossoming partnership between Baylor and the only Christian university in Zambia is providing hope and a future for some in a country where 1 in 15 children is orphaned.
For 20 years, M. Clayton & Associates has studied colleges and universities across the United States, seeking to find institutions committed to helping African American students graduate. From more than 800 schools nationwide, they've published a list of the "88 Best Colleges for African Americans" -- a list that includes Baylor University. To make the [...]
Baylor University's Center for Christian Music Studies will present Karen Ward, an ordained Episcopal priest and the curator of All Souls' "PopUp Church" in Portland, Ore., as this semester's innovator of the Hearn Innovators in Christian Music Series.
Incoming Baylor University freshmen are invited to apply now for Fall 2012 Engaged Learning Groups (ELGs), which offer a unique living/learning opportunity for incoming students, combining a challenging interdisciplinary academic program with a supportive residence community. Topics for the next round of ELGs are Hispanic Families in Transition, Medical Sciences and Scriptures and Heritage.
Dr. Bernard LaFayette, co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), will be the guest speaker at the Baylor University Association of Black Students' 25th annual Black Heritage Banquet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, on the fifth floor of Cashion Academic Center on the Baylor campus.
Baylor University will welcome several distinguished speakers and performers to campus this spring. Below is a list of the lectures, conferences, symposia, and performances that will be held during February at Baylor.
Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary will host the inaugural T.B. Matson Foundation Ethic Lecture at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Paul W. Powell Chapel in the seminary, 1100 S. Third Street.
The Tau Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Baylor University will host the Eight Annual Battle on the Burning Sands Step Show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave.
"'Have You Seen Our Gospel Choir?' Worship, Music and the Integration of Races in Multiracial Churches" will be the topic of a lecture presented by Dr. Gerardo Marti, L. Richardson King Associate Professor of Sociology at Davidson College in Charlotte, N.C., at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Bennett Auditorium on the Baylor University campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The Baylor film and digital media division of the department of communication studies will show its first Texas Independent Film Network movie screening of the spring semester at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Room 101 of Castellaw Communications Center, 219 Baylor Ave.
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Baylor University administrative offices will be closed, and no classes will be held on Monday, Jan. 16.
To honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Baylor University students and organizations have the opportunity to take part in a day of service on Monday, Jan. 16. Students will prepare lunches for fellow volunteers with Baylor's Campus Kitchen Project, or partner with the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition to volunteer at one of 15 different gardening sites across the Waco community.
A chapel service celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Miller Chapel in the Tidwell Bible Building on the Baylor University campus. The service will be preceded with a rally and candlelight march beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Speight Plaza and concluding at Miller Chapel.
WACO, Texas (Jan. 3, 2012) - Humble people are more likely to offer time to someone in need than arrogant people are, according to findings by Baylor University researchers published online in The Journal of Positive Psychology.
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