This year marks the 50th anniversary of the integration of Duke University and Duke has launched a nine-month, university-wide commemoration. A series of events will highlight the five African-American undergraduates who broke the color barrier in 1963, as well as the impact of other pioneering black faculty, staff and graduate students who have since helped make the university more inclusive.

Over the course of nine months, faculty, students and alumni will organize events aimed not only at celebrating 50 years of diversity and inclusiveness on campus, but also focused on the future. Departments and units from across campus are being encouraged to showcase Duke’s intellectual rigor, service-oriented history in Durham and beyond, and forms of black artistic expression.

For a full listing of activities and events for the 50th anniversary, visit