ACU Diversity Panel Discussion

ACU Diversity Panel Discussion

Russ Kirby, The Director of MultiCultural Enrichment at ACU opened up the Diversity Panel Discussion. It tool place on Monday Feb 20th inside of The Moody Coliseum. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Abilene Christian University to allow African American students to enroll at ACU. Photo by Sienna Miller   Byron Martin-Not pictured here) Dr. Stephanie Hamm, Billy Curl, Ellis Long, Dr. Odis Wright, and Dr.Gary Mc Caleb, Were all Alumni as well as Panelists that participated in the Diversity Discussion. Photo by Sienna Miller {{more}}   ACU Alum and Present Multicultural Assistant Director Byron Martin speaks out about his experiences dealing with race on the campus of Abilene Christian University as an Undergrad/Grad. Student and as Staff. He also spoke on the stereotypical assumptions that are often made about African Americans students who are viewed as athletes. Photo by Sienna Miller   ACU JMC Major Farron Salley was also a moderator in the Diversity Panel Discussion. Between asking questions, she shared some of her experiences about race on the Campus of Abilene Christian University. Farron is scheduled to graduate from ACU this May. Photo by Sienna Miller   Journalist Grant Boone, also an ACU Alum. was the brains behind this Years Diversity Panel Discussion. He also served as one of the Moderators for the discussion held in Moody Coliseum. Photo by Sienna Miller   ACU Trustee Billy Curl speaks out about what it was like as one of the first two African Americans enrolled at Abilene Christian University in 1962.  The two transferred in as Juniors. This February marked the 50th year anniversary of Curl and Bonner being admitted as students. Curl shared some of the moments that he experienced while at ACU. He recalled being told specifically by a Professor that she was going to do everything in her power to make sure that he failed her class. He smiled at the audience as he shared that he finished that class with a “B”. Billy Curl was encouraged by SWCC President Dr. Jack Evans to pursue an education at Abilene Christian University.  While he had not considered it before then, Telling Evans “They don’t accept Black Kids”, he figured it was worth a try. Photo by Sienna Miller   Dr. Morris Baker and Dr. Billy Curl stand next to each other after the Panel Discussion. Earlier that day they met each other for the first time and realized that Morris was the First African American Student on Campus at McMurry University and was in school at the same time as Curl was at ACC but they did not know each other at the time. Another interesting fact about Curl and Baker: Curl served as a missionary in Ethiopia in 1967. Baker was in the Peace Corp from 1966-1968 in Ethiopia, however, they did not meet until this year. Photo by Sienna Miller