Duke University announced on Saturday that it would be renaming its Sociology-Psychology Building west campus building to honor of one of the university’s first Black undergraduates. It was approved by a unanimous vote from the Board of Trustees.
It will now be known as the Reuben-Cooke building after Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke. Reuben-Cooke, in 1963, was known as one of the “First Five” Black undergraduates at Duke University. The “First Five” entered classrooms that were not previously allowed to black students. She will be the first Black woman to have a campus building named after her.
In 1967, Reuben-Cooke graduated from Duke and attended the University of Michigan Law School. She received her Juris Doctorate in 1973 and went on to have a successful career as an attorney, professor of law, and vice president of the University of the District of Columbia.