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Black History Month

To celebrate K-State’s rich history of diversity, the university honors pioneers whose hard work and dedication helped create the inclusive campus we have today. Learn more about those featured in our official 2016 K-State Black History Month portrait:

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From left to right.
George Washington Owens, K-State’s first black graduate in 1899.
Paula Blair, K-State’s first black homecoming queen in 1968.
Veryl Switzer, first black scholarship football player to graduate from K-State and go into the first round draft for the NFL in 1954.
Minnie Howell, K-State’s first black female graduate, Class of 1901.
Earl Woods, golfer Tiger Woods’ father, member of K-State’s 1952 baseball team and the first African-American baseball player in Big Seven Conference history.

Bernard Franklin, the first black K-State student body president in 1975.