Memorial Tribute for Levell Holmes

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As a part of Black History Month, a memorial tribute is being held to honor of Dr. LeVell Holmes, the first African-American faculty member and among the first faculty of color at SSU. Holmes passed away on May 19, 2012 at the age of 79. He was dedicated champion of social justice and equality.

The tribute will be held in The HUB: An Integral Center for Diversity, Vitality and Creativity in the Student Union on Feb. 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Holmes first came to Sonoma State College in 1968 to give a guest lecturer and by 1969 was appointed to the faculty. He also became the first Director of the Educational Opportunity Program. By 1972, he was the chair of new Afro-American Studies Department, within the Division of American Ethnic Studies.

During the budget crisis in the early 1980’s, Holmes graciously developed and taught courses on women’s management within the School of Business and Economics.