King’s remaining college classmates remember the young leader
Many of King’s classmates embarked on groundbreaking careers themselves. Willie, for example, was the first African-American professor at Syracuse University, was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the President’s Commission on Mental Health and is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. Others included: Samuel DuBois Cook, a King classmate who died in June, who was the first African-American to hold a tenure-track appointment at a major Southern white university, Duke, and was president of Dillard University for 22 years.
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