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Story about Desegregating Stetson Wins Award of Excellence

Jim Johnson ’68 is shown back on campus in recent years — an extraordinary journey of time and place.

A story about African-American alumni who helped to desegregate Stetson University in the 1960s won an Award of Excellence this week from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

During the CASE District III annual conference in Atlanta, “Sharing Their Stories” won the Award of Excellence in the Feature Writing category at an awards dinner Tuesday night, Feb. 26, in the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel.

Johnson as a student at Stetson.

The article by Stetson writer Cory Lancaster appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of Stetson University Magazine (beginning on Page 24) and told the story of the challenges faced by Jim Johnson ’68, Stetson’s first African-American baseball player, and five other men who enrolled in the university in the fall of 1964. They arrived two years after the first few “test students” were enrolled in 1962, making Stetson one of the first private universities in Florida to admit African-Americans.

Johnson now organizes the annual Multicultural Alumni Networking event during Homecoming Weekend to connect the alumni with the new generation of multicultural students, serving as mentors and teaching them how to be successful.

Lancaster is director of Internal Communications at Stetson and editor/writer for Stetson TodayShe joined the university in 2016.

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