A formal dinner with the Amherst Society of Black Alumni featuring Nadia Biassou ’88, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Sheree Ohen and President Michael A. Elliott ’92. President Elliott also introduced the new Wade Fellow, Will Turner ’94.
Panelists Brittney Bailey, assistant professor of statistics, Stefan Bradley, professor of Black studies and history, Dwight Carey, assistant professor of art and the history of art, and Carol Bailey, professor of Black studies discuss their work. Marc Edwards, assistant professor of biology, moderated the panel.
Black alumni reflected on their memories of Gerald Penny and the racial history of Amherst. The event included remarks by Professor Stefan Bradley, President Michael Elliott, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Sheree Ohen, and Senior Associate Dean of Students Charri Boykin-East.
Black Alumni Weekend is a biennial celebration providing opportunities for learning, connection, and reflection within Amherst’s Black Alumni community. Planned in partnership with the Amherst Society of Black Alumni, the weekend celebrates Black scholarship and culture.
Mark your calendar and make plans to join us on campus for Black Alumni Weekend! Schedule highlights include:
Friday, November 10
- Open Classes
- Affirmative Action Conference (details coming soon!)
- Williams Lounge Dedication & Reception in honor of John I. Williams, Jr. ’75
- Black Alumni Dinner
Saturday, November 11
- Black Alumni Tailgate at Pratt Field
- Black Scholars Panel
- Team Dream Screening and Panel featuring stars of the film Ann Smith, Madeline Murphy Rabb, African aquatics history expert Kevin Dawson, Freeman Rabb ’26 and Team Dream strategist and coach Derrick Q. Milligan
- Black Student & Alumni Dinner & Homecoming Experience
Sunday, November 12
- Sunrise Yoga with Melissa Alexis ’97
- Gerald Penny ’77 Commemoration Event
- Black Church
- Black Alumni Weekend Closing Lunch
This year, Black Alumni Weekend will take place parallel with Homecoming, November 10-12. This three-day event will have all of the things you love about Black Alumni Weekend alongside the fun of Homecoming programming. Discover the additional offerings for this exciting weekend on our Homecoming page!
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