Monthly Archives: February 2011

February 15, 2011

Glenn receives Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award

Three MIT community members and one MIT organization have been named recipients of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards for 2011 in recognition of their service to the Institute and beyond. Candidates for the leadership awards are nominated by colleagues and chosen by the MLK Jr. Planning Committee, a subcommittee of MIT’s Committee on Race and Diversity.

Weslee Glenn, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, was recognized for his role in the development of teacher training material on the topic of reducing stereotype threat. Continue reading about Glenn and other recipients on MIT News.


February 2, 2011

How MIT’s first African-American graduate, Robert Taylor, became a prominent architect and brought the MIT philosophy across regional and racial barriers

In September 1888, a young man hoping to become a builder traveled from North Carolina to Massachusetts, to take MIT’s entrance exam. Robert Taylor did more than pass the test. Taylor, who in 1892 was the first African-American to graduate from MIT, became an American trailblazer as the nation’s first prominent African-American architect, an influential figure who designed elegant buildings and trained generations of students to draw up and engineer structures themselves. Read the rest of the article on MITnews.