- Clara Belle Williams has been recognised as the first African American to graduate from the New Mexico State University (NMSU)
- During her time there some of her professors prevented her from joining her colleagues in the classroom
- She was also stopped from joining them on graduation but the university later apologised for its actions
On October 29, 1885, Clara Belle Williams, who is on record as the first African American graduate of the New Mexico State University (NMSU), was born.
She graduated as a valedictorian in 1905 after pursuing education on scholarship at the Prairie View Normal and Independent College.
Facebook.com reports that during her time at the NMSU, several of her professors prevented her from entering the classroom and she therefore had to take notes from the hallway.
She was also prevented from walking with her class to get her diploma when she graduated from the university.
Information available shows that in the year 1961, the NMSU named a street on campus after her.
In 1980, she was awarded a honourary doctorate of laws by the same university and in 2005, the English department’s building was renamed Clara Belle Williams Hall.
The university further apologized for the treatment meted to her during her time as a student.
In other news, YEN.com.gh has a video of five young Nigerian girls who have developed an app that assists children who have challenges with their academic work.
The girls, known as the Brain Squad, created the ‘Handsout’, which also helps with donation of books, stationery and other items.
The idea behind the invention is to help less-privileged children access basic education with little effort.
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