Published: July 2, 2021

Charles Nilon speaks on CU Boulder campus after the March on WashingtonSeptember 1963

Several months after the March on Washington, CU professor Charles Nilon spoke at a civil rights demonstration on campus outside of the UMC. The first Black faculty member at the university, Nilon worked passionately alongside his wife, Mildred — the university’s first Black librarian — to make CU more equitable and inclusive.

As a friend and mentee of the Nilons, Tom Windham (PhDPsych’75) said in a 2017 College of Education article: “When [the Nilons] saw you, they really saw you. They wanted you to know that just by being who you are, you deserved respect and opportunity.”


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