The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted unanimously on Thursday to honor two African-American leaders who shaped the University of Missouri-Columbia’s history. According to a press release from the University of Missouri System, the board voted to name MU’s newest residence hall for journalist and honorary doctoral degree recipient Lucile Bluford. The hall’s atrium will honor MU’s first African-American graduate Gus T. Ridgel.
“From this day forward, Lucile Bluford Residence Hall and the Gus T. Ridgel Atrium will stand as testaments to the spirit of justice and perseverance that animated both of these individuals,” said David Steelman, chair of the Board of Curators. “Lucile Bluford and Gus Ridgel exemplified the university’s values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence.”
Curator Darryl Chatman and Student Representative to the Board of Curators Courtney Laurer recommended the hall’s naming. Bluford’s nomination was well-received in the MU community.
Lucile Bluford Residence Hall and the Gus T. Ridgel Atrium are located at 502 Kentucky Blvd. The facility opened last fall and offers community-style double and single rooms.
“It’s my hope that Bluford Hall and the Ridgel Atrium will remind us all of our duty to ensure that Mizzou is welcoming to all students, faculty and staff,” MU Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright said. “I am proud of the overwhelming support our campus has shown for recognizing these two individuals.”