Founded in 1873 by the Methodist Episcopal Church’s Bishop Isaac Wiley, Wiley College is one of the oldest predominantly Black colleges west of the Mississippi river. During the Civil Rights movement, students from Wiley, along with Bishop College, helped launch some of the first sit-ins in Texas. Notable Civil Rights activist and leader James L. Farmer Jr., one of the Big Four civil rights leaders in the 1960s, graduated from the college. He later served alongside Martin Luther King Jr. The Wiley College Debate Team has accumulated major recognition over the years, including numerous film projects.
Notable Alumni Include: James Farmer- Civil Rights Leader; James Wheaton- actor