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May 25, 2020

Levern Hamlin Allen To Be Honored

In the summer of 1957, what was then called Western Carolina College became one of the first all-white institutions of higher education in North Carolina to integrate. Levern Hamlin Allen, a recent graduate of Hampton Institute, had taken a teaching job in Charlotte with Mecklenburg County School System, but she needed nine credit hours to earn her North Carolina teaching certificate. WCC was the only school that offered the classes she needed. On Sept. 5, Western Carolina University will honor her with a dedication ceremony of Levern Hamlin Allen Residence Hall, the first building on campus to be named after an African-American. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the residence hall.

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