Edward McKnight Brawley (1851-1923) was the first African-American student to attend Bucknell University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1875 and a master's degree in 1878. Following his graduation, Brawley became a minister and religious scholar and worked as a journalist. He served as president of Selma University and Morris College, which he helped found. He was the father of noted scholar and author Benjamin Brawley, who was a college professor, author and the first dean of Morehouse College.