Clara Belle Williams, NMSU's First Black Graduate

Clara Belle Williams
Clara Belle

Clara Belle Williams dedicated her life to education as a teacher, life-long student and devoted mother.

She went on to receive many honors during her lifetime and was an inspiration as she succeeded despite significant obstacles of discrimination placed before her while pursuing her higher education.

In 1961, New Mexico State University named Williams Street on the main campus in her honor. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from NMSU in 1980.

Clara Belle Williams Day was celebrated on Sunday, February 13, 2005 at NMSU. Included in the festivities was the renaming of the NMSU English Building as Clara Belle Williams Hall.

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