Auburn Alumni Spotlight

Kris Sims '16

The Power of Black Tears: Kris Sims ’16

When the killing of unarmed Black Americans prompted national outrage this summer, Kris Sims ’16 looked inward for a symbol to convey his anguish —and hope — for a better future.

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  • Jennifer Boyles '15
    Jennifer Boyles '15
  • Chacolby Burns-Johnson '01
    Chacolby Burns-Johnson '01
  • Elizabeth Boyle '17
    Elizabeth Boyle '17
  • Jonathan Mitchell '13: From Auburn to Space
  • Mary Jean Sanspree '74
    Mary Jean Sanspree '74
  • Lois Bailey Friel '36
    Lois Bailey Friel '36
  • Cody Lasseter '14
    Cody Lasseter '14
  • Lisbeth Pierce '89
    Lisbeth Pierce '89
  • Michelle Fullerton '03
    Michelle Fullerton '03
  • Erica Martin '12
    Erica Martin '12
  • Abbie Clarke '07
    Abbie Clarke '07
  • Mshon Pulliam
    Mshon Pulliam ‘12: Talking Potential
  • Teresa Taber Doughty '84
    Teresa Taber Doughty '84
  • Alex Kistler '12
    Alex Kistler '12: Life Driven By Relationships
  • Jordan Garner '12
    Jordan Garner '12
  • Bailey Smith '18
    Bailey Smith '18
  • Cater Plainsman comic
    Dean Katharine Cooper Cater
  • Mercedes Linton '14
    Mercedes Linton '14
  • Ann O'Mara '83
    Ann O'Mara '83
  • Aurelia Powell Henson '47
    Aurelia Powell Henson '47
  • Rebecca Hitt '11
    Rebecca Hitt '11
  • Melea Hames '95
    Melea Hames '95
  • Matthew Fox Metcalf '10
    Matthew Metcalf '10: Preserving the Predator
  • Johnetta Jackson Henry '77
  • Susan Story '81
    Susan Story '81
  • Justin Robinson '16
  • Teri W. Easterling '74
    Teri Williams Easterling '74
  • Donna Goodwin '84
    Donna Goodwin '84
  • Heather Roden '95
    Heather Roden '95
  • Viki Woerner
    Viki Woerner '82
  • J.J. Hughes '93
    J.J. Hughes '93
  • Cindy Shelton-Tennimon '79
    Cindy Shelton-Tennimon '79
  • Gayle Culver Hammitt '64
    Gayle Culver Hammitt '64
  • Anna Wells Benson '10
    Anna Wells Benson '10
  • Andrea Eagle '97
    Andrea Eagle '97
  • Susan McIntosh Housel '73
    Susan McIntosh Housel '73
  • Laura Short '06
    Laura Short '06
  • Ileeia Cobb helps make OLLI the best it can be.
    Ileeia A. Cobb ‘11: Using passion to Serve Senior Citizens
  • Rachel Mars '12
    Rachel Mars '12
  • Rachel Tolliver '17
    Rachel Tolliver '17
  • Starrah Huffman
    Starrah Huffman '15
  • Patricia McArthur Booker '78 with basketball coach Sonny Smith
    Patricia McArthur Booker '78
  • Sherry Martin '79
    Sherry Martin '79
  • Lynn Loyd Pauley '90
    Lynn Loyd Pauley '90
  • Olivia Owen Kelley '77
    Olivia Kelley Owen '77
  • Tracey Childs '98 & '00
    Tracey Childs '98
  • Mary Higginbotham Aldridge '73
    Martha Higginbotham Aldridge '73
  • Smith Hall 1927
    Home Away From Home
  • Ashley Gayles '09 2
    Ashley Gayles '09
  • Jessi Norman '12
    Jessi Norman '12: Breaking Barriers in Engineering
  • Peggy Bodden
    Katherine "Peggy" Page Bodden '43
  • Shannon Smith '12
    Shannon Smith '12
  • Olivia Owen testing for engineering
    "A Conversation About Auburn's Women Engineers" (1976)
  • Tanya Anderson '95
    Tanya Anderson '95
  • Stephanie Muns '14
    Stephanie Muns '14
  • Morgan Ledbetter '14
    Morgan Ledbetter '14
  • Debbie Nowlin '83
    Debbie Burnett Nowlin '83
  • Gina Allen '12
    Gina Allen '12
  • Kristen Waldrop '13
    Kristen Waldrop '13
  • Bethie Younger '98
    Bethie Younger Purpich '98
  • Marsha Cashwell '80
    Marsha Cashwell '80
  • Weston Sims '19, Calvin Wilborn '19 make national impact on DNC
  • Kelley Somlai '90
    Kelley Somlai '90
  • Chelsea Graff '14
    Chelsea Graff Vines '14
  • Rosalyn Elaine Hill Beech '83
    Rosalyn Elaine Hill Beech '83
  • Collier Tynes '13
    Collier Tynes '13
  • Mindy Street '06
    Mindy Street '06
  • Alison leach Hughes '08
    Alison leach Hughes '08
  • Sharonne Jacobs '94
    Sharonne Jacobs '94
  • Ashley Hungerford '07
    Ashley Hungerford '07
  • Ever Wright '03
    Ever Wright '03
  • Amanda White '16
    Amanda White
  • Robinson owns her own company, JayRo Productions.
    Jaylin Robinson ‘11: Freelancer to business-owner
  • Gabrielle Brundidge '13
    Gabrielle Brundidge '13
  • Melissa Brown Herkt '77
    Melissa Brown Herkt '77
  • Megan Wood '08
    Megan Wood '08
  • Theresa Steele Mitchell '01
  • Lisa Ross and first swim team
    Lisa Hoffman-Ross '76
  • Kimberly Roberts '13
    Kimberly Roberts '13
  • Emily Blejwas '06
    Putting Life in Print: Emily Blejwas '06
  • Paula Ducker-Davy '89
    Paula Ducker-Davy '89
  • Jody Elmore '82
    Jody Elmore '82
  • Monica Gibbs photo
    Monica Gibbs '02: Exploring Creative Design
  • Chris Manley '81
    Chris Manley '81
  • Jessica Alexander '11
    Jessica Alexander '11
  • Caitlyn Roberts '12
    Caitlyn Roberts '12
  • Lisa McCuiston Patrick '85
    Lisa McCuiston Patrick '85
  • Heidi Leeth '91
    Heidi Leeth '91
  • Josetta Brittain Matthews '66
    Josetta Brittain Matthews '66
  • Alex Dafoulas '15 studies the user experience with Nielsen
  • Keith Cain '98
    Keith Cain '98
  • Kohn serves as Auburn's Downtown Coordinator
    Jessica Kohn ‘09: Building the best Downtown Auburn
  • Genta Stanfield '03
    Genta Stanfield '03
  • Kim Burton '88
    Kim Burton '88
  • Ashley Reinsmith '11
    Ashley Reinsmith '11
  • Cassie Carpenter '17
    Cassie Carpenter '17
  • Benton Sprayberry Cybulsky, former Auburn cheerleader.
    Benton Sprayberry Cybulsky '11
  • Angela Jenkins '94
    Angela Jenkins '94
  • Sheila Slavich '92
    Sheila Slavich '92
  • Tamara Allen '09
    Tamara Allen '09
  • Sue Painter '71
    Sue Painter '71
  • Kathryn Thornton '74 2
    Kathryn Thornton '74
  • Janice Jones '04
    Janice Jones '04
  • Sharon Hamilton '04.
    Sharon Hamilton '04
  • Katherine Thomas
    Katherine Thomas '07
  • Courtney Walker '19
    Courtney Walker '19
  • DJ Gorgeous performing in Birmingham.
    Aisha Stroud ‘09: Banker by day, DJ Gorgeous by night
  • Ginger Whatley '88
    Ginger Whatley '88
  • Yameeka CEO
    Yameeka Jones '01: Success Through Confidence
  • Courtney Edwards '14 in China.
    Courtney Edwards '14: Spreading Kindness Around the Globe
  • Laura Alldredge '89
    Laura Alldredge '89
  • Melissa Skipper Liebrecht '04
    Melissa Skipper Liebrecht '04
  • Wendy Dean '16
    Wendy Dean '16
  • Alicia Bailey '99
    Alicia Bailey '99
  • Jenny Oakes Sobera '94
    Jenny Oakes Sobera '94
  • Ashley Fenoglio '10
    Ashley Fenoglio '10
  • Brittany Brannon '19
    Brittany Brannon '19
  • Haruka Wada
    Haruka Wada
  • Missy Hanks '89
    Missy Hanks '89
  • Kris Sims '16
    The Power of Black Tears: Kris Sims ’16
  • Rosa Cantrell '15
    Rosa Cantrell '15
  • Kappa Delta sorority sisters pose for a picture in 1922.
    Women at Auburn 1900-1940
  • Amy Crew '13
    Amy Crew '13
  • Christina Steiner-Wilcoxson '99 1
    Christina Steiner-Wilcoxson '99
  • Patricia Lynn Smith '74
    Patricia Lynn Smith '74
  • Dianna Tingle Goulf '14
    Dianna Tingle Gould '14
  • Katherine Pittman '12
    Katherine Pittman '12
  • Tay-Lea Clayton '10
    Tay-Lea Clayton '10
  • Amy Baker '98
    Amy Baker '98
  • Emily Klein '08
    Emily Klein '08
  • Melanie Whatley Barstad '75
    Melanie Whatley Barstad '75
  • Kelli Tolbert ‘92
  • Ashley Gooden
    Ashley Gooden '14: Reporting Live
  • Kelli McClendon '92
    Kelli McClendon '92
  • Casie Keaton '02
    Casie Keaton '02
  • Kristy Turner Harner '99
    Kristy Turner Harner '99
  • Kristin Longley '18
    Kristen Longley '15
  • Kate Bartlett '09
    Kate Bartlett '09
  • Tiffany Welch '94
    Tiffany Welch '94
  • Leah Blair '03
    Leah Blair '03
  • Elizabeth White '00
  • Jessica Methier King '02
    Jessica Methier King '02
  • Amy Reid '09
    Amy Reid '09
  • Justin Ferguson '15
    Justin Ferguson ’15: Writing for a ‘Smarter’ Fan
  • Eugenia Malone Zallen '53
    Eugenia Malone Zallen '53
  • Mending Paws: Marianne Bailey, small animal veterinarian
    Marianne Bailey '07: Mending Paws
  • Jada Kidd Robinson '94
    Jada Kidd Robinson '94
  • Janayah Hudson '96
    Janayah Hudson '96
  • Jesica Ahlberg '14: From Miss Alabama to Acting to K-Pop and Back
  • Harvilee glamour shot
    Harvilee Harbarger '53
  • Wilbourn in UEP
    Sarah Wilbourn '15: Wanting "Protein for All"
  • Marlayna Armstrong '11
    Marlayna Armstrong '11
  • Vertrina Grubbs '92
  • Laura Raye Hendrix '14
    Laura Raye Hendrix '14
  • Helen Henley '75
    Helen Henley '75
  • Melanie Moore Younger '74
    Melanie Moore Younger '75
  • Mikayla Stewart '15
    Mikayla Stewart '15
  • Angela Sheridan Blair '82
    Angela Sheridan Blair '82
  • Madison Hinton '14
    Madison Hinton '14
  • Hathaway was the first African American ceramics teacher at Auburn.
    Sculpting a Better Auburn: Isaac Scott Hathaway
  • Bringing a Legacy to Life: Lauren Duke Patterson ’11
  • Khiari McAlpin '09
    Khiari McAlpin '09
  • Leslie Gibson Leak '04
    Leslie Gibson Leak '04
  • Natalie Stevenson '12
    Natalie Stevenson '12
  • Donna Nall '84
    Donna Nall '84
  • Tiffany Davis '98
    Tiffany Davis '98
  • Meredith MacLean Photo, Supply Chain Manager
    Meredith MacLean '12: Supply Chain Manager Exploring the World
  • LaNita Harris Photo
    LaNita Wright '09: Caring for Her Young Community
  • Jennifer Accarino '08
    Jennifer Accarino '08
  • Drew Tipton and son
    Drew Tipton '08: Stitching Faith and Fashion
  • Jennifer Giddens '16, left, and Kayla Funk, left middle, at an OHOH event.
    Jennifer Giddens '16: Fighting to Cure Pediatric Cancer
  • Brandeis Reasor '06
    Brandeis Reasor '06
  • Shannon Ray '12: Digitizing the World of Life Insurance
  • Gladys McCain '23
    Gladys McCain Moncus '23
  • Laycie Lambert '88
    Laycie Lambert '98
  • Carol Porter '84
    Carol Porter '84
  • Emily Blejwas
    Emily Blejwas '06
  • Alexandria Davis '17
    Alexandria Davis '17
  • Paul Schissler: Keeping Comedy Clean in NYC
    Paul Schissler '11: Keeping Comedy Clean in NYC
  • Mary Dietz Coleman '86
    Mary Dietz Coleman '82, '86
  • CJ Uzomah Running
    From Tiger to Tiger: Auburn Alumni on the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Sarah Beth Wilcox '04
    Sara Beth Wilcox '04
  • Alyeska Platt '21
    Alyeska Platt '21
  • Michelle Wherley, marketer and artist, poses for a picture.
    Michelle Wherley '14: Artist and Marketing Extraordinaire
  • Kristen Elmore '14
    Kristen Elmore '14
  • Samantha Belanger '12 3
    Samantha Belanger '12
  • Stoshia Logan '93
    Stoshia Wynn Logan '93
  • Suzanne Free Westenhofer '06 '08
    Suzanne Free Westenhofer '06, '08
  • Amy Smith '13
    Amy Smith '13
  • Cherith Fluker '01
    Cherith Fluker '01
  • Scouting Champions, Allen Greene
    Travis Coleman '07: Scouting Champions
  • Auburn men and women of the late 1890s posing for a picture.
    Women at Auburn: 1892-1900
  • Ashley Miller '14
    Ashley Selby Miller '14
  • Emily Marsh '70
    Dr. Emily Marsh '70
  • Kelsey Gallahar '16
    Kelsey Gallahar '16
  • Eva Mavrakos '17
    Eva Mavrakos '17
  • Maurice Robinson '08
    Maurice Robinson '08
  • Anna Bertolet
    Anna Bertolet
  • Jean Hood '70
    Jean Hood '70
  • Kristie Pierce '00
    Kristie Pierce '00
  • Cutie Brown 3
    Margaret "Cutie" Brown Lee '26
  • Raven McCutchen ’10: Spreading Her Wings From the Nest
  • Molly Buckley '14
    Molly Buckley '14
  • Carra Summers '85
    Carra Summers '85
  • Laura Brown '13
    Laura Brown '13
  • Savannah Whitmire '88
    Savannah Whitmire '12
  • Sidberry currently works for Carter's Inc.
    Phillip Sidberry ‘11: Putting heart into art
  • Madison Haney '20
    Madison Haney '20
  • Angelica Parker '11
    Angelica Parker '11
  • Jessi Norman '12
    Jessi Norman '12
  • Sefako Kpomblekou-Tidwell '07
    Sefako Kpomblekou-Tidwell '07
  • Brigitte Cohoon '14
    Brigitte Cohoon '14
  • Katelyn Jernigan '10
    Katelyn Jernigan '10
  • Rebecca MurraY '14
    Rebecca Murray '14
  • Whitney Whidden '09
    Whitney Whidden '09
  • Kristen Schultz '13
    Kristen Schultz '13
  • Rebecca Caine
    Rebecca Caine '10: Finding Courage Through Writing
  • Jermelle Matthews '09
    Jermelle Matthews '09
  • Sophia Bracy Harris
    Sophia Bracy Harris '72
  • Maya Pressley High Jump - Action Shot
    Maya Pressley '13: Olympic Hopeful Jumps Higher
  • Liz Lambert '11
    Liz Lambert '11
  • Greg Phillip Curtis photo
    Gregory Philip Curtis'11: Carving A Dream
  • Mitzi Winters '76
    Mitzi WInters '76
  • Madeline Smith '17
    Madeline Smith '17
  • Wanona Satcher '02
    Wanona Satcher '02
  • Kelli Crabtree '17: Saving the Skyline
  • Tina Straley '71
    Tina H. Straley '71
  • Carol Linde '15: World Traveler
  • Lillian Parker '14
    Lillian Parker '14
  • Kelvin Redd '90
  • Nicole Morrison, Events Coordinator, at the Lowry Park Zoo
    Nicole Morrison'14: Wrangling Events at the Zoo
  • Elizabeth Barrett Sheth '09
    Elizabeth Barrett Sheth '09
  • Michelle Cooper '90
    Michelle Cooper '90
  • Nathan Lundquist '17: From Cadet to Lieutenant
  • Natasha Niemann '14
    Natasha Niemann '14
  • Sharne Rice '10
    Sharne Rice '10
  • Stephanie Stevenson Pike '96
    Stephanie Stephenson Pike '96
  • The 2016 Air Race Classic Team
    Where Eagles Dare: Auburn Takes Off For The 2017 Air Race Classic
  • API Bracelet Frontview
    History You Can Wear
  • Jessica McKibben '17
    Jessica McKibben '17
  • Julia Murphy '18: From Graduating to Emmy-Winning
  • a photo of Erin Hutchins by the Auburn sign
    Erin Hutchins '09
  • Erica Augello and family
    Erica Augello '04: Empowering mom and lawyer
  • Kaleigh Peltack '17
    Kaleigh Peltack '17
  • Olivia Cook
    Olivia Cook '14
  • Michelle Bufkin '16
    Michelle Bufkin '16
  • Tiffany Heaton '12
    Tiffany Heaton '12
  • Aks Sreenivasan '17
    Aks Sreenivasan '17
  • Lindsey Edwards Moseley '12,
    Lindsey Edwards Moseley '12, '16
  • Abbie Harrison '16
    Abbie Harrison '16
  • Kitrell Henderson Jr.
    Kittrell Henderson Jr. '08
  • Emilee Fenaes '14
    Emilee Fenaes '14
  • Wendy Parker '91
    Wendy Parker '91
  • Jean Woodham present
    The Sculptures of Jean Woodham
  • Helen Krauss Leslie circa 1943
    Helen Krauss Leslie '43
  • Kimberly Mitchell '01
    Kimberly Mitchell '01
  • Terry and Milo
    Teresa "Terry" Rodriguez '69
  • Whitley Kelley '12
    Whitley Kelley '12
  • 1988 Cindy Holland first female SGA president
    Cindy Holland Torbert '89
  • Olivia Hayes '18
    Olivia Hayes '18
  • Kay Taylor '89
    Kay Taylor '89
  • Rhoda Oden '82
    Rhoda Oden '82
  • Emily Johnson '18
    Emily Johnson '18
  • Lora Bailey '87: From The Plains To New Mexico
  • Mary Carroll Shoemaker '92
    Mary Carroll Shoemaker '92
  • Karin Tyson '15
  • Natalie Walker '16
    Natalie Walker '16
  • Rebecca Ball '89
    Rebecca Ball '89
  • Paige Horace '13
    Paige Horace '13
  • E. Grace Jolly '15
    E. Grace Jolly '15
  • Associated Women Students 1970
    Equality Worth Fighting For
  • Kim Pugh '88.
    Kim Pugh '88
  • 125 Years of Auburn Women 1892-2017
    Deborah Fraley '78
  • Rick Hayley ’18: Sports to Sales
  • Rachael Blaz '16 2
    Rachael Blaz '16
  • Mary Heather Williams '06
    Mary Heather Williams '06
  • Amy King '03
    Amy King '03, '05
  • Caroline Todd Leonard
    Caroline Todd Leonard '15, '17
  • Rebecca Johnston '16
    Rebecca Johnston '16
  • Kristin Easterling '12
    Kristin Easterling '12
  • Octavia Spencer
    Octavia Spencer: First Auburn Grad to Host SNL
  • Allysson Schlegal '12
    Allysson Schlegel '12
  • Roxanne Russell '97
    Roxanne Russell '97
  • Samuel "Skip" Vaughn '76
  • Debbie Donaho '94
    Debbie Donaho '94
  • Brittany Woodruff '19
    Brittany Woodruff '19
  • Ashley Freeman '10
    Ashley Freeman '10
  • Caroline Stone '18
    Caroline Stone '18
  • with Ronald McDonald
    Catherine Stapleton '15: From Corporate to Non-Profit
  • Lauren Kimbro '09
    Lauren Kimbro '09
  • Leisha Cowart '86
    Leisha Cowart '86
  • Bruce Kaalund '84
  • Donna Layton '11
    Donna Layton '11
  • Cater Society Founders, 1982
    Allison Blankenship '82
  • Nicole Harris '14
  • Linda Horton '72
    Linda Horton '72
  • Emily Gaines ’15: Running to Success
  • ShaRhonda Holmes-Stinson '05
    ShaRhonda Holmes-Stinson '05
  • Gail Shell Davis '73
    Charlotte "Gail" Shell Davis '73
  • Juanita Lee Whatley and husband
    Juanita Lee Whatley '43
  • Tommy L Davis '10
    Tommy L. Davis '10
  • Karley Laycock '16
    Karley Laycock '16
  • Shelby Taylor '16: Packing Her Bags For A Career
  • Erika Sankey
    Erika Sankey '15
  • Anna Claire Howard '10
    Anna Claire Howard '14
  • Kathy Medlock '73
    Kathy Guthrie Medlock '73
  • Lane Sauser '12
    Lane Sauser '12
  • Hillman poses at Auburn this past year.
    Danyelle Hillman ‘99: Auburn's first African American female cheerleader continues to inspire
  • Krystal Moore '07
    Krystal Moore '07
  • Candida McGill Bullock '95
    Candida McGill Bullock '95
  • Olive May Bruce
    Olive May Bruce