MEC Digital History Archive

This website is an open, digital public archive that provides online access to materials related to the history of Medgar Evers College (initially, Community College # 7), CUNY. This is a work in progress.

From its inception in the 1960s as a dream in the minds of the Central Brooklyn Community, Medgar Evers College was different than the other schools in The City University of New York (CUNY) system, of which it is a part. It was the only CUNY college born out of community struggle and out of racial conflicts that tore New York apart in the 60s. It was the only CUNY school in which the community participated equally with the CUNY Board of Higher Education in defining the College’s mission, goals, and status. It was the only school to try to redefine relationship between town and gown, the relationship between the community that it would serve and the academy. Finally, it was the first CUNY school to commit itself to working with the community in which it would be embedded.

florence tager & zala highsmith-taylor. Medgar Evers College: the pursuit of a communiTy dream