Book tells stories of African-Americans who integrated University of Notre Dame

Author: Sue Ryan

NOTRE DAME, IN, May 10, 2017—Black Domers: African-American Students at Notre Dame in Their Own Words edited by Don Wycliff and David Krashna tells the compelling story of racial integration at the University of Notre Dame in the post–World War II era. In a series of seventy-five essays, beginning with the first African-American to graduate from Notre Dame in 1947 to a member of the class of 2017 who also served as student body president, we can trace the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the African-American experience at Notre Dame through seven decades.

"Black Domers provides evidence that determined, hardworking, intellectually gifted, and average African American students can succeed in academically demanding, predominantly white academic institutions committed to their success. The written testimonies give witness to the ability and success of African Americans rooted in faith and fortified by the 'hands on' support of their university Presidents (Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Edward Malloy, C.S.C., and John Jenkins, C.S.C.), faculty, coaches, hall rectors, and the nurturing community of their black and some white peers on and off campus. The testimonies of these African American graduates, 'the Black Domers' of Notre Dame, give witness to how they grew 'in wisdom, age, and grace' as they formed community, embraced redemptive suffering, and worked with other members of the Notre Dame community to create a diverse and inclusive community of activists whose scholarship and skills could contribute to the transformation of the world using the transformation of the University as a prototype. It is a must read for university communities, churches, institutions, and those participating in the process of diversification." —Jamie T.  Phelps, OP, instructor at St. Ambrose and St. Thomas the Apostle parishes, Chicago

Black Domers will be available in print and digital editions from the University of Notre Dame Press. For an advanced review copy, or more information, contact: Kathryn Pitts, Marketing Manager, University of Notre Dame Press, e:, p: 574.631.3267

Black Domers

African-American Students at Notre Dame in Their Own Words

Black Domers

Foreword by Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSCEdited by Don Wycliff and David Krashna

Hardback $75 ISBN 978-0-268-10249-4

Paperback $29 ISBN 978-0-268-10250-0

410 pages

August 15, 2017 publication