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Terry’s first black student to speak at BFSO luncheon

Harold Black

Harold A. Black, the first African-American student to enroll in the Terry College of Business, will deliver the keynote address at the Black Faculty and Staff Organization’s ninth annual Founders Award Scholarship Luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

Black, now retired after 24 years as the James F. Smith Jr. Professor of Financial Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, enrolled at UGA in 1962. He holds the added distinction of being the first black male to live in a UGA residence hall.

“BFSO chose Dr. Black to speak at its 2011 scholarship luncheon because of his historical importance in helping integrate UGA and the Terry College of Business, as well as his significant and distinguished professional career after graduating from UGA,” said Mark Dawkins, BFSO president and associate dean for academic programs in the Terry College.

“Dr. Black spoke on a Terry College panel in February as part of ‘Celebrating Courage: 50th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA,’ and his recollection of his experiences at UGA during this period are riveting,” Dawkins said. “The campus and Athens communities will want to be present to hear Dr. Black’s lively description of this part of UGA history beyond the experiences of Hamilton Holmes, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Mary Francis Early. Dr. Black will also share how his experiences at UGA help shape and impact his career.”

The Founders Award Scholarship Luncheon began in 2002 as a means to provide scholarships to African-American students at UGA. Funds for the scholarship come from tickets sales.

Tickets to the event are $30 each or $240 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, email Dawkins at