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University of Chicago honors woman scholar

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CHICAGO (AP) - The University of Chicago is preparing to unveil a sculpture in honor of a 1900s alumna, who was the first black woman to receive a doctorate from the university.

The Chicago Tribune reports that students Asya Akca and Shae Omonijo will unveil a bust of Georgiana Rose Simpson at the Reynolds Club on Tuesday. The Reynolds Club is the university's student center that was once accessible only to white males.

Omonijo and Akca say they want to work to develop new monuments of women and minorities who have gone unrecognized for their contributions.

Records show Simpson was asked to leave the dorms after her presence caused uproar among students because of her race. She commuted to campus until she completed her studies. Simpson went on to write for W.E.B. Du Bois' publications.

Information from: Chicago Tribune,

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