Desegregating Higher Education in Virginia: William and Mary in Historical Context

deadline for submissions: 
January 5, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
College of William & Mary/The Lemon Project
contact email: 

During the 2017-2018 academic year, William & Mary commemorates 50 years of African Americans in Residence. As a result, The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation and the 50-Year Commemoration of African Americans in Residence Committee are teaming up for “Desegregating Higher Education in Virginia: William and Mary in Historical Context.” As the first three women to live on campus at William & Mary were moving in, other colleges and universities in Virginia and elsewhere were experiencing similar change. What were their stories? What was their process? How did they keep moving forward? This symposium seeks to provide scholars, non-scholars, community members, students, and others a platform from which to share their research or their lived experiences on these chaotic and revolutionary times that opened doors and minds.


We seek papers that address and confront topics surrounding the desegregation of higher education in Virginia from both historical and modern perspectives. We encourage presenters to engage a wide range of methodologies and fields, such as American Studies, anthropology, history, oral history, government, and gender studies. Possible topics include but are not limited to: The Negro Education Grants, social justice, the impact of desegregation on historically black colleges and universities, developing infrastructure for a more diverse student body, student activism, student life, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Higher Education, response of the administration, on campus what’s next? 



Cover Sheet Please include a cover sheet with the following information:                                             

Name; Email; Phone

Institutional Affiliation

Professional Title                                                                                                                                               

Indicate whether you are a/an: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, Law Student, Community Member, Faculty, Staff, Administrator


Please send a single document (Word or PDF) that includes the following:

250-300 word double-spaced description, including a title, brief summary, and discussion of how your project relates to the symposium’s theme.

Brief bio (no more than 200 words)

Submit a cover sheet and proposal to: no later than January 5, 2018

Questions: email



“The Lemon Project is a multifaceted and dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by the College through action or inaction. An ongoing endeavor, this program will focus on contributing to and encouraging scholarship on the 324-year relationship between African Americans and the College, and building bridges between the College and Williamsburg and Greater Tidewater area.” For more information


The 50-Year Commemoration of African Americans in Residence recognizes and celebrates that “Black students, faculty, staff and administrators have made and continue to make considerable contributions to William & Mary and have been instrumental in helping the university build on the legacy of the three women being honored this year as well as earlier Black students who were admitted but not residential.” For more information