Cover of the book "A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican" by David Golland

The 2020-2021 iREAD book is A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican by David Golland. We are excited to create a series of virtual events around A Terrible Thing to Waste that introduce students, and the community to the courageous lives a Washburn University education prepares graduates to lead.

Washburn graduate and civil rights leader Arthur Fletcher was the first black player for the Baltimore Colts, the father of affirmative action & adviser to four presidents. He coined the United Negro College Fund’s motto: “A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste.”

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