William H. Hastie - Wikipedia - First black man in magna cum lauda
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1 in her class, the first black to earn such a distinction. In , scholar and novelist Jessie Fauset became the first black woman elected as a member. recommended the highest grade possible – summa cum laude. The first male African American valedictorian at one Georgia high school years salutatorian graduating Summa Cum Laude with a GPA.