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The Alexander Twilight Legacy of Black Excellence

 
 

The Alexander Twilight Legacy of Black Excellence is named for the first African-American to earn a bachelor’s degree from an American university or college (Middlebury in 1823). The space came to fruition through the diligent efforts of the Black Student Union and Sisters’ Circle. Their advocacy led to a number of meaningful changes to improve the experience of students campus-wide with one of these changes being the addition of a new space in the Student Union.

This space is intended to be a safe and supportive place that fosters student development, inclusive programming and a sense of community and belonging. It is also home to BSU and Sisters' Circle leadership office hours, club gatherings, and events.

 

English: Photographic portrait of Alexander Lucius Twilight (1795–1857), American educator, politician, and minister. Twilight was the first African-American to earn a college degree from an American university (Middlebury College, 1823), as well as the first African-American elected to serve in a state legislature. He was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1836. Twilight was also a minister and secondary school principal, building Athenian Hall at the Orleans County Grammar Schools.About Alexander Twilight

Alexander Twilight is the first African-American man known to have earned a degree from an American college or university. Twilight graduated from Middlebury College in 1823 with a bachelor of arts degree, and went on to become an educator, a minister, and eventually the first African-American state legislator when he was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1836.

Learn more about Alexander Twilight and his legacy

Contact Information

Nicole Gonzales, Assistant Director of Student Life 
ndgonzal@callutheran.edu 

Andrea Layne, Director of Student Life 
alayne@callutheran.edu 

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