Antioch College Honors Alumna Edythe Scott Bagley

Bagley, sister to Coretta Scott King, was one of the first African-American students enrolled at Antioch. Other honorees include William David Chappelle III, comedian Dave Chappelle’s late father, and Jim Dunn, a local activist and educator.

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – June 1, 2010 – Antioch College is pleased to announce that Edythe Scott Bagley (Cheyney, Pa.), one of the first African-American students to attend the College, will be among the first to receive an inaugural Walter F. Anderson Award June 19 during College’s annual alumni reunion weekend.

The Anderson Award is named for a beloved Antioch professor and civil rights activist, recognizes past and present students, alumni, faculty and friends of the College who have made significant and courageous contributions to the Antioch mission. William David Chappelle III and Jim Dunn will receive posthumous honors for their contributions to the college.

Bagley, the valedictorian of her high school class, enrolled at Antioch in 1943, where she became the first African-American student. Her sister, Coretta Scott King, followed two years later. Bagley subsequently matriculated to Ohio State, and later earned an MFA in theater arts from Boston University. She became a professor of English and Fine Arts at Cheyney State College. In addition, she served as a Consultant in Black Theater for Michigan State University. She will address the Antioch College Reunion via videotape presentation.

David served as a Co-op Department faculty member, dean of community services and adjunct professor of music. Dunn was director of field instruction for Antioch’s Co-op Program 1971-1982 and program developer for the Interreligious Foundation for Conscientious Objectors. A social activist, Jim was a founding director of HUMAN: Help Us Make a Nation, a project he collaborated on with Chappelle.


Gariot P. Louima
Director of Communications

About Antioch College

Antioch College has been a pioneering and values-driven secular institution since it was founded in 1852. It was the first co-educational college in the nation to offer the same educational opportunities to both men and women and it was the first to appoint a woman to its faculty and to its Board of Trustees. It was also among the first to offer African-Americans equal educational opportunities. In the 20th century, Antioch College redefined liberal arts education by initiating an entrepreneurial and experiential curriculum through the development of its hallmark cooperative work program. Many of the now-common elements of today's liberal arts education – self-designed majors, study abroad, interdisciplinary study, and portfolio evaluation – had an early start at Antioch College. On Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 the keys to Antioch College were transferred from Antioch University to the Antioch College Continuation Corporation. The newly independent College will admit its first class in the fall of 2011.