Timeline of African American Women

By: Rachel Caldwell

African American Women

The first African American female student to enroll at Clemson University was Lucinda Brawley in the Fall of 1963. She married Harvey Gantt in the Spring of 1964. She completed her degree in mathematics at the University of North Carolina- Charlotte.

The first African American women to receive a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University were Dorothy Ashford, Delores Kimes Barton, and Laverne Williams White. Dorothy Ashford received her degree in French, Delores Kimes Barton received her degree in mathematics, and Laverne Williams White received her degree in education (history). They attended Clemson University from 1965 through 1969.

The first African American sorority established on Clemson University campus was AKA sorority. Fifteen women founded the sorority. The AKA was chartered on May 2,1977.

The first African American Miss Taps was Lynda Ward in 1978.

The Delta Sigma Theta was chartered on May 5, 1983. Seven astounding women chartered the sorority. Twenty-two women founded the sorority.

In 1986, the third African American sorority was established at Clemson University. Five outstanding women founded Zeta Phi Beta at Howard University on January 16, 1920.

The first African American Homecoming Queen was Janine Anthony in 1989.

In 1991, Clemson University hosted Maya Angelou as a speaker. She graced the audience with a soulful song and her philosophy of life and her perspective on the human condition.

In 1992, the fourth African American sorority opened a chapter at Clemson University. The Sigma Gamma Rho was originally founded at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 12, 1922. Seven gracious women who valued sisterhood, scholarships, and service to the community founded it. One of the charities the sorority supports is the March of Dimes.

In honor of the upcoming Miss Homecoming Pageant, I would like to share the 2nd African American Homecoming Queen. In 1992, Mechel Delaine Busby won Miss Homecoming. Her major was computer engineering, and she was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, National Society of Black Engineering, Golden Key, and Alpha Kappa Alpha.

In 1996 the 1st African American Miss Clemson was crowned. Her name is Tammica Pixley. She was a junior from Greenville, SC who majored in English Communications. She was a member of several organizations on campus such as FCA, Student Advisory Board, and Black Alumni Council.

The 3rd African American Miss Homecoming was crowned in 1997. The lovely lady crowned Miss Homecoming was Dwella Kimyada Moton. Her major was chemistry and pre-medicine with a double minor in psychology and biological sciences. Miss Moton’s hometown is Edgefield, SC.