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Former Brown University President Dr. Ruth Simmons ‘67 joined Dillard University President Dr. Rochelle L. Ford for a special event

NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University is pleased to announce a special conversation featuring Up Home: One Girl’s Journey, a remarkable story by Dr. Ruth Simmons, a distinguished author and alumna of Dillard University. The event was held on Friday, November 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The conversation, led by Dillard University President Dr. Rochelle L. Ford, took place in Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus. 

Dr. Simmons’ book, Up Home: One Girl’s Journey, is a deeply personal account of her journey from humble beginnings as the twelfth child of sharecroppers to becoming the first Black president of an Ivy League university. In this intimate dialogue, Dr. Simmons will revisit her upbringing in Grapeland, Texas, and share how her family, teachers, and her own resilience shaped her remarkable journey. Her narrative spans from the farmland of East Texas to New Orleans at the dawn of the civil rights movement, offering profound insights and enduring lessons.

This event was an opportunity to gain insight into the life and experiences of an extraordinary individual. Up Home: One Girl’s Journey is a captivating exploration of the persistent societal inequalities that continue to exist today.

About Dillard University
Dillard University, Louisiana’s oldest historically Black university, is a private four-year liberal arts faith-based university. Located in New Orleans, Dillard offers 22 bachelor’s degrees and two certificates in the disciplines of Business, Health and Wellness, the Humanities, Nursing, STEM, and Social Sciences. Its diverse student body is composed of students from 33 states and 12 countries. Find out more about Dillard University by visiting www.dillard.edu.