Into the Light: Reception and Book Signing with Author Diane Ciccone

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The Trenton Museum Society Presents

Reception and book signing with author Diane Ciccone

Into the Light: The Early African American Men of Colgate University Who Transformed a Nation, 1840-1930

Sunday, September 22
4 p.m.
The Trenton City Museum at
Ellarslie Mansion
Parkside Avenue at Cadwalader Park
Trenton, New Jersey

From the website of Colgate University:

Jonas Holland Townsend was the first African American to attend this institution, in 1840. Henry Livingston Simpson was the first African American to graduate, in 1853. Five black college presidents came from Colgate. Diane Ciccone ’74, P’10 details revelations such as these — and the histories of pioneering black men — in her new book Into the Light: The Early African American Men of Colgate University Who Transformed a Nation, 1840–1930.

Ciccone herself is a Colgate pioneer — a member of the first graduating class of women, the first black woman on the Board of Trustees (1993–2000), and co-founder of the Alumni Of Color Organization. Colgate has recognized her with a Maroon Citation and the Wm. Brian Little Distinguished Service Award, and one of the Residential Commons is named for her.