June 18, 1978.
On this day, the City of Indianapolis and IUPUI declared the day Joseph T. Taylor Day in honor of the retiring dean of the School of Liberal Arts. The Black Student Union hosted a reception for Taylor in the Rooftop Lounge in the Union Building. Many persons spoke in honor of Taylor, who would step down as dean on August 1, having held the post since 1970. Prior to that, he had taught sociology on the Indiana University-Indianapolis Extension campus and was dean of the IU-Downtown Campus.
Two weeks previously, Chancellor Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., hosted a reception to honor and thank Taylor at his residence. 400 people attended the event.
Taylor came to Indianapolis in the 1950s to serve as social worker for Flanner House, a settlement house that served the city's African-American community. Later, in the early 1970s, he played an important role in the desegregation of the Indianapolis Public School system as ordered by a federal district court judge.
After retiring as dean, Taylor returned to teaching sociology. He also served as special assistant to the chancellor.
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