State university system a step closer to naming academic building after its first black graduate

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State university system a step closer to naming academic building after its first black graduate

Post by J.J. » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:50 pm

I think this is a fantastic idea and hope this passes.
Holding signs describing Ebenezer D.C. Bassett as a scholar, educator, diplomat and more, 50 people waited anxiously Wednesday morning to learn if the state university system would honor its first black graduate.

Cheers were followed by a standing ovation when a key education committee unanimously endorsed renaming a classroom building at Central Connecticut State University for Bassett.

“We’re almost there — this is going to happen,” proclaimed educator William Fothergill, wiping his eyes as friends embraced him and offered congratulations on prevailing after many years of lobbying the Connecticut State University System.

“CCSU believes there is significant justification for this naming,” Erika Steiner, the chief financial officer, told the finance committee of the board of regents before its vote.
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Post by hilltopper » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:51 pm

I am surprised that it was not done a while ago.
Bassett was appointed by President Grant in 1869 as ambassador to Haiti, the first African American ambassador in US history.

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Re: State university system a step closer to naming academic building after its first black graduate

Post by Skyhawkct » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:54 am

As many of you know, my significant other is Haitian. Her entire family up in Boston was very happy to hear about Bassett when I told them about him. Now I get to tell them about the possibility of a building being named after him.

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Post by J.J. » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:01 pm

Looks like it is a done deal - great job CCSU.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut university has taken the final step in its plan to name a building after its first black graduate.

The New Britain Herald reports that Connecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Education voted to name the academic building at Central Connecticut State University after Ebenezer D.C. Bassett.

The unanimous vote was met by thunderous applause.

The building on the New Britain campus is now officially named Ebenezer D.C. Bassett Social Sciences Hall.

Bassett graduated from what was then called the State Normal School in 1853. He became a teacher and principal in New Haven and Philadelphia and in 1869 was appointed ambassador to Haiti by President Ulysses S. Grant, the nation's first black diplomat.

Board member Richard Balducci said it's important to honor significant people in the country's history.


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