Perspectives on the Heights: Wayne Budd

When Wayne Budd ’63 arrived at Boston College for freshman orientation in September of 1959, he learned he was one of only three African-Americans in the entering class.

The son of the first black police officer in Springfield, Mass. — a highly respected law enforcement professional who rose through the ranks to become a department captain — Budd was unfazed by disparity of people of color on a campus that was, at the time, removed from the big social movements and upheavals that came to define the 1960s. He went on to become president of his senior class, an honor that empowered him to introduce poet Robert Frost to the undergraduate body when the famed writer visited campus in 1963.

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