What:                    Texas Christian University announces the first history book that chronicles and contextualizes the underexplored history of African American memory at the university. Written by Frederick W. Gooding, Jr., Ph.D.; Sylviane Ngandu-Kalenga Greensword, Ph.D.; and doctoral student Marcellis Perkins, “A History to Remember: TCU in Purple, White, and Black” is a timely addition during the celebration of TCU’s Sesquicentennial.

Who:                     Host: Ronald C. Parker ’76, TCU Board of Trustees

Authors: Frederick W. Gooding, Jr., Ph.D.; Sylviane Ngandu-Kalenga Greensword, Ph.D.; and doctoral student Marcellis Perkins

Living Legends Panel: Ronald Hurdle ’71, JD; Zoranna Jones ’98 (MS ’07), Ph.D.; Aundrea Matthews ’92 (MA ’00), Ph.D.; Leon Reed ’01, JD; and LaDainian “LT” Tomlinson ’00, TCU Board of Trustees

When:                   Sept. 20, 2023

                                6 p.m. – Reception with music by JT3

                                7 p.m. – Book Talk and Living Legends Panel

                                8 p.m. – Book signing and desserts with music by J. Smith and the 4S Band

                                (Books will be available for purchase at the event as well as the TCU Campus Store.)

Where:                 Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center

                                2820 Stadium Drive

Why:                     Co-author Gooding said, “The book’s contribution is significant for three key reasons—it establishes how the Black presence at TCU has steadily grown in significance and size; it chronicles the Black experience at the university and provides an opportunity to measure the fulfillment of its Vision in Action strategic plan; and it charts TCU’s progression in diversity, which has local, regional and national implications due to its overall growth and position as one of the top 100 universities in the nation.”

Through scholarship, TCU currently seeks to forge its future legacy as an institution positioned to lead on in telling the whole truth, no matter how difficult that can be. The book had its genesis in TCU’s Race & Reconciliation Initiative, launched at the request of Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. and the TCU Board of Trustees in 2020 as an academically based, historically focused research initiative.

Tickets:                 Tickets are free, but registration is required.

RSVP:                    Holly Ellman, h.ellman@tcu.edu

                                817-257-NEWS (6397)

Parking:               Lot 6 and Frog Alley Parking Garage

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