Historical Milestone at St. Augustine’s University

What is now Saint Augustine’s University was founded in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1867. The historically Black educational institution is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. But for the past 80 years, no Episcopal priest has been ordained in the university’s historic chapel.

But earlier this month, Nita Charlene Johnson Byrd was ordained in a ceremony presided over by the Right Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the eleventh bishop of North Carolina. Mother Nita, as she likes to be called, is the first woman to be ordained in the university’s chapel and the first woman to serve as chaplain at St. Augustine’s University.

A native of Raleigh, Mother Nita holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. She earned a master of divinity degree at Duke University Divinity School.

Mother Nita

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Johns Hopkins University Launches New Major and Center for Critical Study of Racism, Immigration, and Colonialism

The new Chloe Center for the Critical Study of Racism, Immigration, and Colonialism will provide research opportunities and educational events for the Johns Hopkins University community. As part of the new program, the university has announced a new undergraduate major in critical diaspora studies.

Chicago Library Receives $2 Million to Digitize Collection of African American History and Literature

The Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection housed within the Chicago Public Library will soon be available online to the public thanks to a $2 million grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Featured Jobs