Earlier this year, Brown's new president decided to forgo a ceremonial inauguration, instead opting to plunge into his work and donate some of the inaugural funds to the libraries and scholarships. On the Saturday of Commencement Weekend, he was formally installed as president on the College Green. This article is adapted from President Gee's inaugural remarks.
When Edward Ball '82 discovered that his Southern ancestors owned as many as 4,000 slaves, he set out to discover why. What he found was a family history marked by violence, miscegenation, and forced labor.