During the month of February, the nation gathers together to celebrate African American History Month. Michigan State University has had a black presence since 1900 when William O. Thomson enrolled at M.A.C.; he graduated four years later in 1904. Three years later, President Theodore Roosevelt, on a visit to M.A.C. for commencements, handed out a diploma to the first African American woman to graduate from M.A.C., Myrtle Craig. Over the years, many influential individual paved the way for Black students at the University. From athletes, to scientists, to faculty members, the University has been proud to be called the alma matter for so many influential African American individuals. Check out our online exhibit HERE has it showcases some of the African American pioneers at M.A.C. and honors their achievements.