The Gay Johnson McDougall Symposium on Race, Justice and Reconciliation

“Lifting The Veil: A History of Race and Racism at Agnes Scott College”

April 20-23, 2018


Agnes Scott College is exploring its complex history with race and racism as part of its biennial symposium in honor of Gay Johnson McDougall '69x, H'10, the Black student who integrated the institution in 1965. This examination is part of a larger series of events under the theme of "Lifting the Veil: A History of Race and Racism at Agnes Scott College. This year's programs are focused on building the community's capacity to excoriate systems of oppression and challenge racism more effectively in the larger world.



Complimentary parking is available in Agnes Scott College’s West Parking Deck located on S. McDonough Street. Directions to Agnes Scott can be found here.

Event Contact:
Miriam Panton


Portrait of Gay Johnson McDougall

Gay Johnson McDougall Portrait Unveiling

1:30 p.m.
Agnes Scott College Campbell Hall, Frances Bailey Graves Auditorium
This event is free and open to the public.

All are invited to celebrate the legacy of Gay Johnson McDougall ’69x, H’10, who integrated Agnes Scott in 1965 as the first Black student. Her portrait will be unveiled here before it is hung in the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion in the Alston Campus Center.




Undaunted by the Struggle: A Legacy of Hope, Justice and Inclusion at Agnes Scott 

2 p.m.
Agnes Scott College, Campbell Hall, Frances Bailey Graves Auditorium
This event is free and open to the public.

Agnes Scott has a distinctive legacy related to race and racism that the college has begun to explore through close examination and research over the years. This panel discussion features special guests and scholars who will engage critical issues of race and justice grounded in the distinctive legacy of Agnes Scott.

Mosaic Reception: Honoring Alumnae of Color 

3-4 p.m.
Agnes Scott College, Campbell Hall, First Floor Lobby
This event is for alumnae of Agnes Scott College and not open to the public.

Join us for a reunion reception that is focused on honoring alumnae of color from various multicultural campus organizations as we welcome back to campus Gay Johnson McDougall ’69x, H’10, who integrated Agnes Scott in 1965.



Portrait of Alice Walker

An Evening with Alice Walker

7 p.m.
Agnes Scott College, Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall
This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required. Register on Eventbrite for a free ticket. 



The acclaimed poet, novelist, activist, and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alice Walker shares her thoughts in a conversation on her life’s work and the significance of the symposium. Walker won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983 for The Color Purple, which was adapted as a movie in 1985 and a Broadway musical in 2005.


Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart – Film Screening and Panel Discussion

4 p.m.
Spelman College, Sisters Chapel, 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta GA 30314
This event is free and open to the public.

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. An overnight sensation, the play transformed the American theater and has long been considered a classic, yet the remarkable story of the playwright faded from view. With this documentary, filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten—a passionate artist, committed activist and sought-after public intellectual who waged an outspoken and defiant battle against injustice in 20th century America. The film reveals Hansberry’s prescient works tackling race, human rights, women’s equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon.

About the Gay Johnson McDougall Symposium on Race, Justice and Reconciliation

The Gay Johnson McDougall Symposium on Race, Justice, and Reconciliation features a series of programs that explored the historical origins and contemporary realities of global racial oppression, and strategies for justice and reconciliation. This intersectional event occurs over the course of three days and provides participants with opportunities to discuss the intersections of -isms and develop the skills necessary to lay the groundwork for effective social change. The biennial Symposium is hosted in partnership with a number of campus partners and organizations in the greater Atlanta area. Visit the website.

The Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion at Agnes Scott College is named for international human rights leader and Agnes Scott alumna, Gay Johnson McDougall ’69x, ’H10. Learn more about the center.

Learn more about Gay Johnson McDougall ’69x, ’H10.