The First Documented Black Student at Cambridge University

It is generally believed that Black students first studied at Cambridge University in England in the early 1700s. But the first documented record of a Black student is from 1848. That year, Alexander Crummell enrolled at Cambridge to study moral philosophy.

Crummell’s father was a slave in the United States but Alexander Crummell was born free and attended an abolitionist school in New York City. Later, he was ordained as an Episcopal minister and went to Britain to raise money for his church and to seek support for the abolitionist movement in the United States. When supporters secured him a place at Cambridge and offered to pay his tuition, Crummell decided to stay in Britain to pursue higher education.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

AI Teaching Assistants Are Coming to Morehouse College

The AI teaching assistant initiative aims to provide students with an office hours setting they can access at any time, even when their professor is unavailable. Over the next three to five years, Morehouse hopes to establish an AI teaching assistant for every professor at the college.

Five African American Scholars Appointed to New Faculty Positions

The new faculty appointments are Judith Byfield at Cornell University, Nikki Hoskins at Harvard University, Edda Fields-Black at Carnegie Mellon Universityin Pittsburgh, Shawn Utsey at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wiley University Launches New Honors College for Fall 2024 Semester

The Heman Sweatt Honors College will provide students with access to a dedicated living community, specialized classes and research opportunities, faculty mentors, and financial aid for tuition, internships, and study abroad experiences.

Two Black Historians in Higher Education Receive Prestigious Dan David Prize

Keisha Blain of Brown University and Cécile Fromont of Harvard University have received 2024 Dan David Prizes for their outstanding achievements as academic historians.

Featured Jobs