Duke Black Alumni (DBA)
Dedication of Reuben-Cooke Building
Date: Friday, September 24, 2021 | 05:00 pm EDT
417 Chapel Drive
Durham, North Carolina 27708
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Join the Duke University community for the dedication of Sociology-Psychology Building on West Campus for the late Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke '67, one of the "First Five" Black undergraduates at Duke, who went on to an extraordinary career in law, academics, and civic engagement.
The ceremony will be held at 5pm on Friday, September 24 on Davison Quad outside the classroom building. Duke President, Vincent Price, will speak at the ceremony along with Gene Kendall '67, a Duke classmate and friend of Reuben-Cooke and the last surviving member of the "First Five", and others. Following the speeches, visitors will be able to enter the newly-named building and view an interactive exhibit highlighting the many facets of Reuben-Cooke's life. The exhibit was created by Duke University Libraries exhibit librarian, Meg Brown and Tobias Rose of Kompleks Creative. At the end of the exhibit, a new potrait of Reuben-Cooke, painted by artist Mario Moore, will be displayed.
Reuben-Cooke is the first Black woman to have a campus building after her and reflects an important piece of Duke's history on several fronts. For more information about Reuben-Cooke and this naming ceremony, please review the Duke Today article here.
The ceremony will also be livestreamed on YouTube.