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Hopkins, Beth (Video Interview)

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Beverly, Parker
Hopkins, Beth
2022-09-13 (issued)
Dr. Beth Norbrey Hopkins graduated from Wake Forest in 1973 with a degree in History with a concentration in Asian History. She entered the University in 1969 and was set on attending law school following her graduation. When she arrived on campus, Hopkins was one of fewer than 20 Black students enrolled at the undergraduate level. In this interview, she recalls her first impressions of the Wake Forest community and their response to Black students on campus. Throughout her time, Hopkins became involved in a number of activities including Student Government. She was also the first Black homecoming queen at the University. This interview sheds light on the racial composition of Wake Forest at the time and describes the perspectives of students, faculty, and staff toward integration. After graduating from Wake Forest, she attended William & Mary Law School and went on to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in Virginia and Louisiana as well as practice in a private firm. In 1985, Dr. Hopkins began teaching at Wake Forest University's School of Law, organizing the Pro Bono Project during her thirty-year tenure.
33:10 minutes
oral histories (document genres)
Special Collections and Archives
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Wake Forest University
History of Wake Forest University Oral histories (RG53.1.2 )
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Expanded Wake Voices
Women's history
Pro Bono Project
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Wake Forest University--Alumni
Wake Forest University--Faculty
Hopkins, Beth--Interviews
Law schools
African American women college students
African Americans--History
College student government
Hopkins, Beth (Video Interview)
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