Lily 's grandfather was born a slave in Mississippi. Her father, Oliver Golden, picked cotton as a youth. He eventually received his education at Tuskegee Institute. In the early 1920s Oliver married a young Jewish woman named Bertha. In 1931 the two boarded a ship headed for the U.S.S.R. They never returned to the United States. Authorities in Moscow recognized that Oliver's skills lay in agriculture. He was soon dispatched to Uzbekistan to begin the Soviet cotton industry. In 1934 Oliver and Bertha had a daughter, Lily. Lily began her studies at Moscow University as the only native-born Black student.
Lily's is a fascinating life story. Receiving an education through the doctorate level, living in Moscow, winning a tennis championship, she married an African who was later assassinated. Today she is an historian, lecturer, scholar, and traveler.
If you would like to join Dr. Golden at the reception and dinner prior to her address, please fill out the enclosed coupon. She will speak informally to the dinner audience prior to her public address at McKenna Auditorium.