The Office of Multicultural Affairs at the School of Law, in conjunction with other University departments and programs, will host a lecture on the history of racial integration at Saint Louis University from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in Refectory Hall in DuBourg Hall. Marilyn Nickels, Ph.D., will present her paper titled "Showered with Stones: The Opening of Saint Louis University to Black Students in 1944."
Other departments working in cooperation to present this lecture are the African American Studies Program, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Department of Public Policy, Department of Psychology, the Women's Studies Program, The African American Review, the Cross Cultural Center, the Diversity Council and the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action and Heithaus Haven.
In 1973, historian Marilyn Nickels, Ph.D., interviewed Claude Heithaus, S.J., while conducting research for a doctoral dissertation. During the course of that taped interview, Heithaus asked that Nickels allow him to record his memories of the sermon he had delivered on Feb. 11, 1944, which led to the opening of Saint Louis University to black students.
Nickels will recall that interview, Heithaus' sermon and the events which both led up to and followed this historic moment at the University. The hope is to create a dialogue about this history and its contemporary implications for the University and the community.