May 18, 2010

Name of Dallas' Bishop College graces diploma of Kentucky graduate

Dallas Morning News

Dallas' Bishop College hasn't had a new graduate since closing its doors in bankruptcy more than 20 years ago. But on Saturday, in Kentucky, a young woman in cap and gown walked across a stage and collected a diploma with "Bishop" printed on it.

Stella Brown graduated as the first Bishop Scholar at Georgetown College, which, though nearly 900 miles from Dallas, has a scholarship program aimed at keeping alive the Bishop College memory and at diversifying its own student body.

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May 2, 2010

Georgetown College President William H. Crouch, Jr., assisted by Reverend Rogers Jackson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois, conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree upon Reverend Lacy Kirk “L.K.” Curry during a morning worship service on May 2, 2010. The honorary degree was presented in partnership with Bishop College alumni to recognize his having dedicated his life to Christ and his continued commitment to serving as an effective witness for the Lord he loves so much. Curry, a retired pastor, has been past president of Chicago’s interdenominational ministerial alliance; a board member of the National Baptist Convention and Northern Baptist Seminary; the church extension chairman and treasurer of Salem Baptist District Association in Chicago; and treasurer of the Baptist General State Convention of Illinois. He has also served as a chaplain for Cook County Corrections.

April 26, 2010

New Book Declares the Black Church
Alive and Well


*A new Judson Press book celebrating the vitality, gifts, and strength of the black church stands in sharp contrast to the death knell sounded by Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. in his recent Huffington Post essay titled “The Black Church is Dead.”

In “What We Love about the Black Church: Can We Get a Witness?,” William H. Crouch and Joel C. Gregory identify twelve aspects of the black church that highlight its impact and contributions.

What makes this resource particularly unique and compelling is that Crouch and Gregory are white pastors and academics who have discovered the benefits of being in the black church without being of it.

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April 19, 2010

Alumni Directory & Bishop History

The Foundation is commissioning the production of an alumni directory.

Terry Sutton, a professional writer, has been commissioned by the foundation to write the full history of the Bishop College Alive Project, a partnership with Georgetown College. Terry can be contacted all

June 6, 2008

Home for Alumni of a Defunct College


The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Kate Moser

When debt forced Bishop College to close in 1988, alumni of the historically black institution in Texas had no campus to call home. Twenty years later, Bishop alumni are beginning to rally around their adoptive home, tiny Georgetown College, a mostly white institution nestled in Kentucky horse country.

Georgetown's president, William H. Crouch Jr., proposed the idea to Bishop alumni two years ago: Georgetown could stand in as their alma mater, and they could help the president fulfill his goal of increasing minority enrollments from 7 percent today to 25 percent in 2012.

Mr. Crouch has raised money for a campus building that will include a nod to an iconic bell tower on the old Bishop College campus, and he hired minority-owned firms to design and construct it. But the challenges have gone beyond the financial.

He convinced members of an all-white fraternity that their tradition of dressing up in Confederate uniforms for "Old South" week in the spring would no longer be appropriate. He also enlisted "cultural advisers" to help him better understand black culture.

"It's a rare time when you see a white male say, 'I don't know,' and that's why I love him," says one of Mr. Crouch's advisers, William C. Parker, a retired University of Kentucky administrator and expert in diversity training.

Mr. Crouch has won praise for his efforts. "To know that our school has been closed 20 years and to be able to revive that history and legacy at Georgetown is a tremendous blessing," says the Rev. Denny D. Davis, a Bishop alumnus.

Mr. Davis's niece, Ashley D. Carter-Colwell, is one of five students benefiting from a new scholarship for children and grandchildren of Bishop alumni or students nominated by alumni. Bishop's name will be on her diploma, and her brand-new letter jacket — designed by a fellow Bishop scholar — features a lamp of knowledge from the defunct college's insignia. Now Georgetown's football coach wants his team to have the jackets, too, she says.

May 20, 2008

Georgetown College taps into Bishop's legacy

Lexington Herald Leader

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May 12, 2008

Celebration of Diversity

Celebration of DiversityIn May, 2008, alumni and friends of both Bishop College and Georgetown (KY) College came together for a special evening in Celebration of Diversity. Guests enjoyed dinner at the Art Institute followed by a spectacular concert by the Chicago Sinfonietta in Orchestra Hall. This special evening celebrated the remarkable richness of diversity with a commitment to inclusion as a value that will make the world a better place to live. This video provides highlights.

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April 30, 2008

Congressional Black Caucus to Honor Georgetown College President and Students at U.S. Capitol

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, marked a historic occasion for Georgetown College as President Bill Crouch and our five Bishop Scholar and Bishop Legacy Scholar students were honored with a reception hosted by California Congresswoman Barbara Lee and members of the Congressional Black Caucus at the U.S. Capitol here.

"This is one of my proudest moments as president," Dr. Crouch said afterwards. "For our five Bishop Scholars to meet and speak with members of the Caucus was an opportunity-of-a-lifetime. Alumni of both colleges - Georgetown and Bishop - would have so proud of they represented them."

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January 14, 2008

Boosting Black Enrollment: Vision for Diversity


The Louisville Courier Journal

Growing up as a white pastor's son in 1950s Mississippi, William Crouch came to
loathe segregated restaurants, bathrooms and schools.

As a teen, he witnessed forced busing in Charlotte, N.C. As a young country preacher, he battled the
belief that black families should remain separate from whites.

Today, Crouch is in his 17th year as president of Georgetown College, gaining notice for his push to
expand the enrollment of African Americans, and hoping to change the face of the mostly white, 1,300‐
student Baptist college near Lexington.

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October 21, 2007

Old Bishop College ties go 897 miles


The Dalls Morning News

Higher education experts say they've never seen anything like it.

Overwhelmingly white Georgetown College of Kentucky is leading a $27 million campaign to preserve the memory and spirit of black Bishop College of Dallas, which closed in bankruptcy nearly 20 years ago.

Georgetown President Bill Crouch says he's captivated by Bishop's history and its graduates' accomplishments. But he also hopes the Bishop College Alive campaign will get Bishop alumni to send good black students his way.

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