The Truth Teller

Klarke Stricklen, C’22, becomes Sewanee’s first Black Rhodes Scholar by turning an unflinching eye on Sewanee’s Black history.

In October 2021, Sewanee senior Klarke Stricklen stepped to the microphone in the large banquet room of the Sewanee Inn known as “Founders Hall.” The name of the room was germane, bordering on ironic, because in the brief speech she would deliver to the University’s Board of Trustees, Stricklen would have a few things to say about the founders of the University of the South and their legacy on the Mountain. Stricklen had been invited to speak as a representative of the Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation, a project to which she had devoted countless hours since her freshman year.

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