Class of 1958
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Bishop Joseph A. Johnson Jr., (BDiv’54, PhD) became the first African American to be admitted to Vanderbilt University in 1953. He went on to become the first African American to graduate, receiving the Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1954, and the first to receive the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1958. In 1971, he was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust and two years later preached at the Divinity School's Cole Lectures. Learn more about Bishop Johnson and the Bishop Joseph Johnson History Project. http://bishopjosephjohnson.org/ Posted 10.13.2020