Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. Hansberry attended the University of Wisconsin in the late 1940s. Photo Credit: Getty Images
In 2017, Lena Waithe became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Master of None. She visits campus on February 13 as part of the UW’s Distinguished Lecture Series.
William Exum, class of 1936, was the first African American to wear a varsity football uniform for the University of Wisconsin. Exum went on to become a nationally recognized track coach and served as the manager of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team in 1972 and 1976. Photo Credit: UW Archives
Students from the 2017 Black History Month Planning Committee celebrate at last year’s kick-off event. Pictured (left to right): Dauntrea Vance, Kynala Phillips, Alexis Coleman, Tashiana Lipscomb, Tori Carter-Story. Photo Credit: Andy Manis