On this day in 1970, Clifton R. Wharton Jr. made history by becoming president of Michigan State University

On this day in 1970, Clifton R. Wharton Jr. made history by becoming president of Michigan State University

On this day in 1970, Clifton R. Wharton Jr. made history by becoming the president of Michigan State University, marking the first time an African-American led a predominantly white higher education institution in the 20th century. Additionally, the Harvard graduate made history as the first African-American to helm a Fortune 500 company.

His achievements extended into the political arena, serving as the deputy secretary of state during President Bill Clinton’s tenure. He became the first African-American to hold the second-highest position within the agency.

In 2015, he released his autobiography Privilege and Prejudice: The Life of a Black Pioneer. Clifton R. Wharton Jr. is now 97 years old.


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