African Heritage Room Committee

Committee History 

In 1972, a committee was formed under the chairmanship of Walter Worthington to create an African Heritage classroom. The first donation of $208.95 was from the University’s Black Action Society in November 1973.  By 1974, enough money had been raised to construct and dedicate the room and lay ground for an endowment to provide summer scholarships for students to study abroad. 

The final concept toward a room design evolved in 1985. By March 1986 the design submitted by the committee and approved by the University, was unveiled during a public ceremony on May 8, 1986. The room was formally dedicated on December 17, 1989.

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The African heritage classroom | Documenting Pitt