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Any time a Black woman earns a doctorate degree, its worthy of celebration. But in the case of the “Great Eight” – eight Black women set to graduate with doctorates next month – that accomplishment is also historic.

Jada Phelps-Moultrie, Shannon McCullough, Johari Shuck, Nadrea Njoku, Tiffany Kyser, Jasmine Haywood, Demetrees Hutchins and Juhanna Rogers make up the Great Eight, forging a sisterhood as they march towards their academic goals in tandem.

While the women of the Great Eight have varying degrees of educational focus, the purpose of their journey is a testament to Indiana University’s School of Education working diligently to promote diversity within its student body.

Little Known Black History Fact: The Great Eight  was originally published on

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