In 1973, a new college house was founded at Penn-one whose mission is to further the study of African-American culture. It was formally dedicated in 1974 as the W.E.B. DuBois House, named for the revered 19th-century leader who had held the position of research investigator at Penn in 1896-97. In its residential setting on three floors of Low Rise North, the House developed rapidly as a place where students of all ethnic backgrounds could explore the African-American cultural heritage. As DuBois House celebrates its 20th anniversary, the tradition continues: 100 undergraduates and their 6 graduate facilitators live with the current Faculty Master, Dr. Richard Sims; three Faculty Fellows, a Visiting Faculty Fellow and an Assistant Dean. The House has its own Paul Robeson Library and Louis Lattimer Computer Center, a gallery and a guest suite well used as its wide-ranging program of events and activities draws some of the major names in African-American culture to Penn. Two important ongoing programs are the Afro-American Studies Speaker's Forum, which has investigated such topics as Black Male/Female Relationships, Stereotyping through the Media, and Politics of Literature in South America; and the Visiting Scholars and Artists program which has brought such distinguished figures as Ed Bradley of "60 Minutes," Actress/Author Ruby Dee; Filmmaker Spike Lee, Musician Grover Washington, Jr., Civil Rights Leaders Julian Bond and Rosa Parks, Historian Asa Hilliard, Congressman Walter Fauntroy, Activist/Author Angela Davis and Activist Martin Luther King III. Students take an integral part in program design and implementation. The DuBois House Council promotes the purposes and goals of the House through its five independently functioning committees: social, cultural, political, community outreach, and building activities. Soul of DuBois A special feature this year has been the development of the "Souls of DuBois" conference in which House members will explore and identify with many of the teachings and writings of W.E.B. DuBois. The conference-scheduled for March 20, 1993 and slated to become annual-will be open to all and will feature national and local art exhibits and a concert. This conference is scheduled for once a year and is scheduled for March 20, 1993. The theme will be"20 Years and Counting, What Have We Learned?" Chronology of Leadership While most of the college houses at Penn have consistently been led by senior faculty masters, DuBois leadership has been different, according to Dr. David Biggs's brief history-in-progress, excerpted below: "Since African-American senior faculty were (and still are) scarce at the University of Pennsylvania, junior faculty were often called to serve," he explains. "Professor Howard Arnold of the School of Social Work served as the DuBois House first faculty master, although he did not reside in the building. The first live-in faculty master, according to records, was Dr. Mary Hoover of the English department." 1972-73 Cathy Barlow, CW '71 and Law '76, was part-time director. 1973-74 Law Professor Howard Resnick, a trustee member who had served on the original fact-finding commission that led to the creation of the DuBois College House was non-resident faculty coordinator. William Harvey became the first full-time director, with Wesley Williams as assistant director. Irving McPhail and Lorraine Howard were the first faculty fellows. 1975-76, 1976-77 Irving McPhail left the University and was succeeded by Jacqui Wade as faculty fellow. All others remained in service. 1977-78 Positions were re-evaluated after the departure of William Harvey and Leslie Carter, and the position of administrative fellow created-part- time, and to be filled by a graduate or professional school student. The first such Fellow was Bill Simms (Law, '80). The first live-in faculty master, Mary Hoover, arrived. Lorraine Howard and Jacqui Wade remained as faculty fellows. 1978-79, 1979-80 Valerie Swain-Cade succeeded as faculty master, and a new position, program director, was filled by Denis Cochran-Fikes. Bill Simms remained as administrative fellow, and the faculty fellows were Ernest Wilson and Lorraine Howard. 1980-81 Non-resident faculty master status returned and Law Professor Ralph Smith served in that capacity, sharing duties with Social Work's Professors Samuel Sylvester and Howard Arnold. The director's position was resurrected, and Eleanor Cox served in that position as well as faculty fellow. The other faculty fellow was Raoul Jordan-Cook. 1981-82 Raoul Jordan-Cook was succeeded by Lorenzo Griffin, and Mark Carter served as administrative fellow in this academic year as well. 1982-83 Resident faculty master status returned and John Roberts served in this year. The faculty fellows at this time were Barbara Turner and Eleanor Cox. Robert Marchman succeeded Mark Carter as administrative fellow. 1983-84, 1984-85 John Roberts remained as faculty master, with a change of faculty fellows: Sociology's Ivar Berg, and GSE's Thomas Parham. Joia Johnson became administrative fellow. 1985-86 In John Roberts's last year as faculty master, the faculty fellows were Joyce Wilkerson and Robert Hill; Virginia Henderson was administrative fellow. 1986-87, 1987-88 The new faculty master was Allen Green; faculty fellows, E. Vanessa Siddle, Ken Shropshire, and Raynard Kington; and administrative fellow Pamela Petty with Lisa Johnson as assistant administrative fellow. 1988-89 Pamela Petty and Ken Shropshe left, and Flora Taylor joined as administrative fellow. All others remained in service. Jeffrey Cusic was added as assistant administrative fellow. 1989-90 Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, an M.D. with appointments in medicine and health care systems became faculty master at this time; Raynard Kington, and Vanessa Siddle remained as faculty fellows. Kevin Hibbert was added as assistant administrative fellow. 1990-91, 1991-92 New faculty fellows were Vivian Gadsden and Jacqueline Bowles. The administrative fellow position was discontinued and an assistant dean was added: David B. Biggs,who also does academic advising in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as administering the operations of the DuBois College House. 1992 Richard Sims, III, succeeeded as faculty master. Johnetta Craig, and Francis Mante joined the House as faculty fellows.