Donald Blake Center

For the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture


This March the Donald Blake Center at Walla Walla University celebrated Dr. Donald Blake’s 90th birthday and honored his enduring contributions to exceptional education and civil rights by strengthening our commitment to learning, transparency, and healing on the path to justice.

We invite you to commemorate this special 90th birthday milestone with a gift to the Donald Blake Center in support of its valuable work.

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Purpose
The purpose of the Donald Blake Center at Walla Walla University is to create an intellectual community dedicated to the study of race, ethnicity, and culture. Inherent in this work is a commitment to understanding how inequalities grounded in race, ethnicity, and culture are maintained, developing initiatives that challenge these injustices, and pursuing transformative changes on our campuses and across the region.

History
The center is named in honor of Donald Blake, a member of the faculty in the Walla Walla College Department of Biological Sciences from 1962 to 1969. When Blake accepted the position at WWC, he was one of the first Black tenure track faculty to be hired at a predominately white Seventh-day Adventist college or university. He has also held teaching positions at Oakwood College, University of Rhode Island, Ohio State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Southern Illinois University, University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, and University of Hartford. He has also held administrative positions in higher education, including vice president for academic affairs at Kentucky State University and dean of instruction at Mississippi Valley State University.

 

Past Events

5th Annual Academic Conference
April 13-16, 2021

Keynote Speakers: Rebecca Parshall, David Williams, Donald Blake

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4th Annual Academic Conference
May 14-15, 2020 [CANCELED]

Keynote Speaker: Claudia Castro Luna

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3rd Annual Academic Conference
April 11-12, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Terrence Roberts

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2nd Annual Academic Conference
April 19-20, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Madley, associate professor of history, University of California at Los Angeles

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Inaugural Academic Conference
April 20-21, 2017

Keynote Speaker: George Yancy, professor of philosophy, Emory University

Learn more about the 2017 conference >