AMS Legacy

There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Each of these might be right for the particular moment of history, or nothing happens.
-Coretta Scott King, 1969

After observing a year of token but troubled racial desegregation at flagship universities across the South, the Wofford College Board of Trustees announced in the spring of 1964 that applicants for admission henceforth would be considered without regard to race. Wofford thus became one of the first historically white private colleges in the South (and the first in South Carolina) to take such a step voluntarily.

Albert W. Gray, from Spartanburg's Carver High School, applied to Wofford and enrolled for the fall semester (1964). Gray completed his degree after Vietnam and is now a successful businessman and a former member of the Wofford College Board of Trustees.

Today's African-American students promise to attain or exceed the level of excellence attained by Gray and other pioneers from the classes of the 1960s and 1970s. Black students, alumni, faculty and staff are involved in every phase of campus life, inside and outside the classroom. They also are active in community-based learning initiative in Spartanburg. Four- and five-year graduation rates continue to be outstanding, often exceeding that of the student body as a whole. Black alumni continue to win recognition as achievers in graduate and professional schools as well as in business and other careers.