The Wade Fellows Programs was established in 1976 in honor of Harold Wade, Jr. ’68. While a student, Harold Wade, Jr. worked to strengthen the black community at Amherst, including organizing the Afro American Society and initiating recruitment materials aimed at attracting black high school students to Amherst. His book, Black Men of Amherst, was published posthumously by the College and is an important work that documents the achievements of many black Amherst graduates.
The Harold Wade, Jr. Memorial Fund Fellowships is designed to supplement the College’s career counseling by bringing back one to two black graduates each year to meet with all students. The returning fellows are from all walks of life and all age groups, and they share their Amherst and post-Amherst experiences with student through participation in classes, information meetings, and lectures.