No matter who you are, the past year has been one of critical change, challenge, and reevaluation as we all have had to contend with the stress and strife of a global pandemic, toxic political climate, enduring racism, and yes, continuing to manage our day-to-day lives.
From an email to Student Affairs staff on June 5, 2020.
Dear Duke Families,
As I look out my office window, I have the privilege of seeing our students walking (and rushing) by between classes, meals, meetings and study venues. So many things are apparent on the rare occasion that I get to just pause and admire the passersby. I notice that many seem either immune to the winter chill or in denial about the need to wear warmer clothes! I notice that rarely is anyone walking alone. Students travel in pairs, groups and masses! I notice that some kind of technological device is apparently welded to their ears or their palms (hopefully talking or texting with you). But, I also notice how remarkably different they are, reflecting the substantial and wonderful diversity within the Duke student body.
The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
Cordially Invites You to Enjoy A Late Afternoon Delight
featuring Live Jazz & Fabulous Dessert
Thursday, May 1, 2014
3:00 - 5:00
Mary Lou Williams Center
201 West Union Building
In celebration of YOU, our 30th Anniversary & in gratitude for another successful year...
In honor of our namesake’s 103rd birthday &
In gratitude for the awesome service of our graduating student staff!!!
THIS WILL BE THE LAST MARY LOU DAY BEFORE OUR BIG MOVE TO FLOWERS!!!
by Sean H. Palmer
by Sean H. Palmer
Only four short years ago Black undergraduate students crowded into the the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture on November 4th. Off-campus, our Black grauduate students gathered at a local apartment complex community area. Both groups prepared to witness what would be a historic election as Barack Obama became the first American President with African ancestry.
Contributed by Sean H. Palmer, Assistant Director of the Mary Lou Williams Center