FYI December 01, 2017

1865 – Shaw University, the first historically black university in the southern United States, is founded in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Shaw University, founded as the Raleigh Institute, is a private liberal arts institution and historically black university (HBCU) in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Founded on December 1, 1865, it is the oldest HBCU in the Southern United States.[1]

Shaw University has been called the mother of African-American colleges in North Carolina, as the founding presidents of North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University, and Fayetteville State University were all Shaw alumni. The founder of Livingstone College studied at Shaw, before transferring to Lincoln University. What became North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was located on Shaw’s campus during its first year.

Shaw University is affiliated with the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and a member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. which supports the Shaw University Divinity School. Along with Howard University, Hampton University, Lincoln University, PA and Virginia Union University, Shaw was a co-founding member of the NCAA Division II’s Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference, the oldest African American athletic association in the U.S. The university has won CIAA championships in Football, Basketball (women’s and men’s), and Men’s Tennis.

The university won a 5-year grant with University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to create a Partnership for the Elimination of Health Disparities for minorities, and a 7-year grant with Johns Hopkins University for Gerontological Research. In 2007, Shaw received $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation to support its Nanoscience and Nanotechnology program. In 2004, Shaw University received $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Education to develop an Upward Bound Program.

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1900 – Karna Maria Birmingham, Australian artist, illustrator and print maker (d. 1987)
Karna Maria Birmingham (3 December 1900 – 5 July 1987)[1] was an Australian artist, illustrator and print maker.[2] She was best known for her numerous illustrations of children’s books.[3]

Life and training
Birmingham was born in the Sydney suburb of Mosman, the daughter of Irish doctor and published black & white artist.[4] Herbert Joseph Birmingham, and Karn Marie Nielsen, a Dane and her father’s live-in maid. After completing school at Loreto, Kirribilli, Birmingham went on to study at Julian Ashton’s Sydney Art School from 1914 – 1920.[3]

Birmingham married twice, however both husbands died in tragic circumstances. Her first husband, John Robert Torney, who Birmingham married in 1930 died from alcoholism in 1935. Birmingham was married to botanist Arthur Alva Livingstone from 1940 living in Gosford until his death in 1951[5] by self inflicted gunshot wounds.[3]

In 1938, Birmingham contracted an eye disease, trachoma, which limited her sight and her career.[3]

After her husband’s death, Birmingham returned to the Sydney suburb of Turramurra until moving to a nursing home in nearby Neutral Bay shortly before her death.[3]

From her time at Art School, Birmingham was hailed for her pen and ink work and identified as a student with promise.[6]

Birmingham exhibited work at the Anthony Hordern Fine Art Gallery in 1921 along with other notable women painters such as Dorrit Black, Viola Macmillan Brown, Myra Cocks, Alice Creswick, Olive Crane, Grace Crowley, Anne Dangar, Marlon Ferrier, Georgina Hughes, and Bell Walker.[7] She also featured her linocuts at numerous exhibitions[8]

In 1934, Birmingham wrote and illustrated a children’s book of verse Skippety Songs[9] and illustrated numerous others.[10]

Her work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery.[11]


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