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Honoring Hopkins’ Black Heritage


The son of a slave, Kelly Miller took a northbound train in 1880, with dreams of pursuing his fascination with math; in 1887, he became Johns Hopkins’ first black student. In 1970, Gail Williams-Glassner worked 25 hours a week, founded the school’s first cheerleading squad, and made history as one of Hopkins’ first black female undergraduates. In 2010, Wes Moore made his alma mater proud by penning a New York Times bestseller (oh, and becoming a Rhodes Scholar). In the century-plus in between, Johns Hopkins was shaped by many other black students, faculty, and staff, whose achievements and struggles often flew under the radar. Until now, that is.