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Mary Frances Early Lecture set for Feb. 22

Mary Frances Early (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA)

The 22nd Annual Mary Frances Early Lecture will be held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 22 in Mahler Hall at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel.​​​​​​​

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Mary Frances Early’s graduation in 1962 as the first African American to earn a degree from UGA.

Robert J. Jones (Submitted photo)

To honor Early, Chancellor Robert J. Jones of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will deliver the 2022 lecture.  He is the first African American scholar appointed as chancellor of the University of Illinois, the state’s flagship, land-grant university. Jones is a Georgia native who has worked to increase educational access to young scholars around the world.

The event is free and open to the public. The Mary Frances Early Lecture is sponsored in part by the Graduate School, Graduate and Professional Scholars, the Mary Frances Early College of Education and the Office Institutional Diversity. Read more about the lecture here.