Goshen College to name new welcome center after first African-American graduate

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GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Goshen College plans to name its new welcome center after the liberal arts school’s first African-American graduate.

The South Bend Tribune reports the school will dedicate the newly named Juanita Lark Welcome Center on Feb. 10. There also will be a convocation about Lark’s life called “This Far by Faith: The Life and Witness of Juanita Lark ’43” with members of her family in attendance.

Lark studied education and graduated in 1943. She went on to be a Chicago Public Schools teacher for nearly four decades.

Goshen College President Jim Brenneman said Lark “led the way for a more multicultural campus.” He says it’s fitting that she’s commemorated with “the first building guests visit on campus.”

Lark died in 2008.

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