9 august 1968 & 7 students receive mlk memorial scholarships to university of maine
#OTD 9 August 1968 The University of Maine announced that seven students from DC Public Schools were awarded full scholarships in honor of and as a memorial to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The university selected seven students who applied to Federal City College but were not selected via the lottery.
The 7 students were:
Brenda Jean Billingsley, Eastern HS
Frances J. Dick, Eastern HS
Ronald T. Handon, McKinley HS
Deborah Y. Roddey, Spingarn HS
Doris L. Sykes, Spingarn HS
James D. Vick, Spingarn HS
JoEllen Theresa Woodland, Eastern HS
Your comments are welcome below. Were you, family members or friends one of the seven students? Were you an administrator or faculty member at Federal City College or the University of Maine that facilitated the scholarship, admission and matriculation of students? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Public Library Special Collections, Photographer unknown. April 1969. This photograph is from a memorial service for King in April 1969.
Jack Eisen, "Seven Denied College Here Get Grants," Washington Post 10 August 1968.