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Advisory: Media invited to Founders' Day Convocation featuring historian Anthony Parent


February 23, 2009

The media are invited to Wake Forest University to attend Founders’ Day Convocation featuring Anthony Parent, professor of history at Wake Forest and an expert in African-American history, at 4 p.m. Feb. 26 in Wait Chapel.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Parent will examine African-American history at Wake Forest since the 1960s in his talk titled “Weathering Wake, The African American Experience.”  He will highlight prominent individuals, pivotal moments, major events and social trends as Wake Forest addressed desegregation.  He will also discuss the success of African-American students and graduates and their contributions to the university. 

During convocation, the Medallion of Merit, Wake Forest’s highest award for service to the university, will be presented to Dr. Richard H. Dean, president emeritus of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, and Marvin D. Gentry, former president, chief executive officer and chair of the board at Fortis Homes and lifetime member of the Wake Forest Board of Trustees. 

Several annual teaching, research and service awards will also be presented, and the university will recognize several students, including successful fall athletic teams.

Media seating for convocation is reserved in the second row on the far right side of Wait Chapel.  Cameras may set up along the right stairway and balcony.  Media needing audio of the event should arrive at the chapel no later than 3:45 p.m. 

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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