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On September 4, 2019, the 11th Annual Diversity Symposium, “Georgia Tech's Racial Diversity Journey: Recognizing Our Past, Acknowledging Our Present, and Charting Our Future," explored racial diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Georgia Tech community, and provided a forum for robust, informed discussions among faculty, staff, and students.


In 1961, Ford Greene, Ralph Long Jr., and Lawrence Williams became Georgia Tech’s first African American matriculants. In June 1965, Ronald Yancey became the Institute’s first African American graduate.

The four participated on a morning panel as the 2019 Diversity Symposium explored the racial history and progress of our campus community. The trailblazers were also honored with the dedication of bronze statues to mark their significance in the history of Georgia Tech.