Dr. Merze Tate was a 1927 WMU graduate and the first African-American to graduate from Oxford University. She became a professor at Howard University, an international expert on disarmament, and a successful businesswoman.

Dr. Mertz Tate

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A story on NPR a few weeks ago about a Girls Travel Club started by Merze Tate in the 1930's.


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Travel Club Returns To Pick Up New Generation

Weekend Edition Sunday  -  July 11, 2010

An idea from the 1930's is being used to inspire 21st century girls to stay in school. The original idea of a children's travel club belonged to Merze Tate, a woman from rural Michigan, who was the first African-American to graduate from Oxford University....by Kyle Norris

January 9, 2012 - Grand Rapids Press


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