Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Stillman

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Stillman

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Tradition * Excellence * Vision

"At Stillman, tradition, excellence and vision rule! Building on the most valued and elemental features of our past, we have shrouded, blended, and expanded them into qualities that are relevant and essential in an ever-clianging world."

- Ernest McNealey, Ph.D.

Shortly after the Civil War, Sunday School teachers ministered to the educational needs of newly-freed slaves at their kitchen tables, and subsequently in the basement of their small Presbyterian church under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Charles Alien Stiilman. Dr. S ti liman later started a school to train men of color in ministry and mission.

Long before the American civil rights movement. Sheppard, one of Stillman's most distinguished graduates, was an agent of social change. After studying ministry at Stillman House from 1883 to 1886, Sheppard became a missionary to the Belgian Congo, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There he exposed atrocities perpetrated by commercial interests against the people of the region.

His efforts brought international attention to the systematic abuse and occasional murder of African people in the rush to plunder the continent's wealth. From the beginning, the seeds of competence, character, and commitment have led Stiilman graduates to be agents of change throughout the world.

As students at Stiilman were suffering the hardships of the Great Depression, they assisted farmers with their crops and helped to raise funds for the Red Cross. …

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