Medgar Evers College, CUNY’s youngest senior college, created in 1970 by educators, activists and community leaders to provide a space and environment for higher education in Central Brooklyn, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of serving the educational, cultural, and social needs of the community. The celebration has provided the college a unique opportunity to recognize vital years of its history, tradition, continuity to the present and most importantly new beginnings.
Named for civil rights activist Medgar Wiley Evers, the college focuses on developing and maintaining high-quality programs for students of diverse educational, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds. It has grown from an enrollment of 1,000 students in 1970 to approximately 7,000 students today and has graduated 12,354 to date. The College has a full and part-time faculty totaling 414, and offers options for associate and bachelor undergraduate degrees.
The 40th Anniversary marks a significant milestone in the College’s service to the communities of Brooklyn and New York. Of great importance is the reaffirmation of “the power of faith and commitment to the principles of equal opportunity for all, principles that my late husband, Medgar Wylie Evers stood for and so proudly upheld,” stated Dr. Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Among the events highlighting the celebration of the 40th Anniversary:
- The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $247 million-dollar, state-of-the-art Academic Complex, home of the School of Science, Health & Technology. The five-story brick building features 11 high-tech class rooms – some designed to replicate hospital rooms for nursing instruction; 6 seminar rooms, 14 instructional labs for the physical and biological sciences, nursing, and mathematics; a 50-seat lecture hall with distance learning capabilities, and 6 computer labs. In addition to 87 faculty and administrative offices, the building is also equipped with top-rated teaching and research equipment.
- An art exhibit featuring the work of local artists together with a panel discussion titled “An Educational, Cultural and Community Perspective.”
- The Founders Day, Alumni and Visionary Dinner with keynote speaker, Harry Belafonte, which drew a full capacity audience comprising students, faculty, staff, alumni and community residents.
- A tribute to Lena Horne recollecting her contributions to the Civil Rights movement, a showing of her film “Stormy Weather,” and a panel presentation that included Ms. Horne’s daughter Gail Lumet Buckley and granddaughter Jenny Lumet.