“When the constructing that now bears Professor Reuben-Cooke’s title first opened, she wouldn’t have been allowed to enter it as a pupil,” Value stated in an e mail. “From this present day ahead, anybody who passes by its doorways will stick with it her legacy of accomplishment, engagement and lasting affect.”
In an announcement, the college stated the renaming of the sociology-psychology constructing “is a component of a bigger effort launched by Value to have the college have interaction with its historical past and determine alternatives to honor key contributors to the college who’ve been missed.”
A local of South Carolina, Reuben-Cooke — who was energetic within the civil rights motion as a pupil — graduated from Duke in 1967 with a bachelor of arts diploma, in keeping with the college.
She additionally was affiliate director of Georgetown College Regulation Middle’s Institute for Public Illustration, the place she supervised litigation earlier than the Federal Communications Fee and federal courts, together with the US Supreme Courtroom.
Reuben-Cooke served on Duke’s Board of Trustees from 1989-2001 and was honored by the college in 2011 with the Duke College Distinguished Alumni Award, the varsity stated.