From 1873 to 1877, USC had some of the most notable African Americans as students. Three years after it reopened, it returned to being an all-white institution. This changed in 1963 when Dr. Henri Treadwell became one of three African Americans to enroll at USC. In this episode, Dr. Treadwell talks us through that historic journey as part of our Heroes of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement series during Black History Month.
Dr. Treadwell is the Founding Director of Community Voices: HealthCare for the Underserved and is Research Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. Prior to joining the Morehouse School of Medicine, she served for 17 years as Program Director, Health at the Kellogg Foundation and was responsible for grantmaking in the United States, Central and Latin America, southern Africa and China.
Dr. Treadwell was the first African American to integrate and graduate from the University of South Carolina since Reconstruction following a successful lawsuit in l963 – and was the first African American woman to graduate from USC in its history. She has received numerous honors and awards including the “Order of the Palmetto” the State of South Carolina’s highest civilian award from Governor Nikki Haley (2014) for her work in social and health justice.