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Duke commemorates 50th anniversary of integration

DURHAM, NC (AP) — Duke University is embarking upon a nine-month commemoration of the school’s 50th anniversary of integration with a reception that includes the three surviving members of Duke’s first five black students.

The reception, which includes the three students and Duke President Richard Brodhead, will be held Friday at the Nasher Museum of Art on campus. Those three students – Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, Gene Kendall and Nathaniel White Jr. – came to Duke in 1963.

The other two students were Mary Mitchell Harris and Cassandra Smith Rush.

Other events planned include a Durham/Duke event focused on civil rights and an academic symposium led by faculty from the African and African-American Studies Department. There’s also a two-day music festival and a closing ceremony during Founders’ Day weekend in the fall.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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