On April 28, Morgan renamed its Center for Civil Rights in Education to honor Judge Robert M. Bell, a Morgan alumnus and the first African American to serve as chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, his current position. In a ceremony that included presentations by retiring President Earl Richardson and Morgan Board of Trustees Chair Dallas Evans, the new signage for the center was unveiled.

The Center was established in 2009 with the mission to “unite research, teaching, training and advocacy on civil rights issues in education at the pre-kindergarten, elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels,” according to a press release from the university. Civil rights attorney Pace J. McConkie is the Center’s director.