First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School

March 21, 2014

A discussion with the author, Alison Stewart' 88

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Jean Howard ‘70
Upper West Side, New York, NY

Journalist Alison Stewart ’88 will talk about her book, First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School. In the first half of the twentieth century, Washington D.C.’s Dunbar High was an academically elite public school, despite being racially segregated by law and existing at the mercy of racist congressmen who held the school’s purse strings. The school’s well-educated teachers developed generations of high-achieving African Americans, groundbreakers that included the first black member of a presidential cabinet, the first black graduate of the US Naval Academy and the legal mastermind behind school desegregation. Join us as Alison Stewart shares the past, present, and future of this historic institution.

Space is limited and preregistration is required. R.S.V.P. to Martha Hamblett by May 1st at 401-863-3433 or via email to

About Alison Stewart '88
During her more than two decades as a journalist, Stewart anchored news programs on PBS, NPR, and MSNBC; and reported for 60 Minutes, CBS News Sunday Morning, and NBC Nightly News. She's filed from the floor of six presidential conventions and anchored live from the World Trade Center on 9/11. She received an Emmy as part of ABC News' coverage of the terrorist attacks. Stewart began her career as a producer/reporter for MTV News' Choose or Lose, for which she won a Peabody Award. Most recently she was the host of the NPR program, The TED Radio Hour. First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School is Stewart’s first book; it was named a best book of 2013 by Essence and Mother Jones magazines.