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Dr. Norman Francis

Dr. Norman Francis
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Simmie Knox, born 1935
Norman Francis, born 1931
Oil on linen
Stretcher: 119.5 × 86.5 × 4.1 cm (47 1/16 × 34 1/16 × 1 5/8")
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Norman Francis: Male
Norman Francis: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Norman Francis: Education and Scholarship\Educator
Norman Francis: Education and Scholarship\Administrator\University administrator\University president
Norman Francis: Presidential Medal of Freedom
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; funded by Phyllis M. Taylor
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Born Lafayette, Louisiana
Norman Francis has been a leader in higher education for over fifty years. From 1968 to 2015, he served as the president of Xavier University in New Orleans, where he became legendary for his commitment to making Xavier, a predominantly African American university, a model institution for underprivileged students. His vision provided the impetus for the growth of the university, whose premedical program now leads the nation in its number of African American graduates. On a national level, Francis has advised eight White House administrations on education and civil rights. President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.
Simmie Knox, a prominent portraitist of renowned African Americans, depicted Francis at Xavier University, in front of St. Katharine Drexel Chapel, which was dedicated in 2012 in honor of the university’s founder, a nun, who is remembered For having been a strong advocate for African American and Native American civil rights.
Nacido en Lafayette, Luisiana
Norman Francis ha sido un líder en el ámbito de la educación superior durante más de cincuenta años. De 1968 a 2015 fue presidente de la Universidad Xavier en Nueva Orleans, donde se convirtió en figura legendaria por su dedicación a hacer de esta universidad mayormente afroamericana una institución modelo para estudiantes desfavorecidos. Su visión impulsó el crecimiento de la universidad, cuyo programa premédico tiene actualmente el mayor número de graduados afroamericanos del país. En la esfera nacional, Francis ha sido consejero de la Casa Blanca en materia de educación y derechos civiles durante ocho gobiernos. El presidente George W. Bush le otorgó la Medalla Presidencial de la Libertad en 2006.
Simmie Knox, prominente retratista de afroamericanos destacados, muestra a Francis en la Universidad Xavier delante de la Capilla de St. Katherine Drexel, dedicada en 2012 a la fundadora de la universidad, una monja recordada por su enérgica defensa de los derechos civiles afroamericanos e indígenas.
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