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Dr. Francis L. Atkins

Francis Loguen Atkins was born December 6, 1896, in Winston-Salem, NC, the fifth of six sons and three daughters, to Simon Green Atkins and Oleona Pegram Atkins. His parents, Simon and Oleona, founded Slater Industrial Academy (now Winston-Salem State University) located in Winston-Salem, NC, in 1892. Atkins received his early education at Slater Industrial Academy and State Normal School and grew up in the all Black community of Columbian Heights, an enclave of professionals, craftsmen, and artisans. In 1920 Atkins graduated as class valedictorian from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) with the Bachelor of Arts degree. In his senior year at Lincoln, he had intentions to attend Yale to study for a career in the Christian ministry. But, following graduation he was asked by Slater Industrial Academy and State Normal School board of trustee chairman, Henry E. Fries to return to Winston-Salem and assist his father Simon Green Atkins. In this capacity F. L. Atkins taught classes and served as assistant principal of Columbian Heights High School. In 1924 Atkins received the Master of Art degree from Columbia University, where he managed to complete residence requirements and the matriculation examination for the Doctoral degree.  Tau Omega’s first documented Basileus and the brother of Jasper Alston Atkins, 9th Grand Basileus