Black Alumni Weekend

September 27 - 29, 2019



September 27-29, 2019

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Integration of Athletics

Henry Harris

After the freedom rides ended, after the bus boycotts and sit-ins, the marches and protests, and long after the TV cameras and federal marshals went home, Henry Harris enrolled at Auburn University, alone and brave. It was 1968 and the year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered—only two weeks after speaking at a rally in Harris’s Greene County, Alabama. It was an extraordinary time and Harris decided to make his life matter by going to Auburn. Harris was the first black American on athletic scholarship at Auburn and, just as importantly, the first black athlete at any SEC school in the Deep South. He was a true pioneer and patriot, as southern college athletics had become part of the resistance to integration.

James Owens

James Owens arrived in 1969, Auburn’s first black scholarship football player, and the first at a major state school in Alabama, Mississippi or South Carolina. Like Harris a year earlier, Owens played for the freshman team before making his varsity premiere in 1970. Two months before he passed away in 2016, Owens recalled his history-making debut. At the time, the southwest corner of Jordan-Hare Stadium, where the press box and locker room are now located, contained wooden bleachers where African-American university employees and fans sat, a vestige of the segregation that was still a way of life in many parts of the South. “Those black people cheered and hollered,” Owens said. “I was their hero, and they were my heroes. I realized I was there for more than James Owens. I was there for a nation and people were depending on me to succeed.”

Schedule of Events

*Black Alumni Panel and Networking Event for Auburn Students
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Student Center Ballroom

*Student led activity


Regenia R. Sanders, ’95; ’99, Engineering

Partner/Principal at Ernst & Young, America’s Supply Chain Leader for the Advanced Manufacturing & Mobility Industry Market

Anthony Britt, ’12, Political Science
Facilities, Project, and Space Management Professional

Duriel Barlow, ’03; ’06; ’13, Education
Principal, East Samford School, Auburn, AL

Thom Gossom, ’75, Communications
Actor, writer and speaker; First Black athlete to graduate

 Michael Harriot, ’95, Mass Communications
Critically acclaimed poet, journalist, and novelist; Staff writer at The Root

 Angela Jenkins, ’94, Biochemistry
Exec. Diabetes Business Specialist, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

Christopher Martin, ’12, Nursing
Asst. Clinical Professor of Nursing, Auburn University

Col. Linwood Moore, ’77, Pharmacy
Retired U.S. Army Colonel; former Chief of Pharmacy for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Auburn’s first Black cheerleader and first Plainsman

 Wanona Satcher, ’02; ’05, Architecture, Design, Community Planning
CEO/Founder, Makhers Studio, LLC and Rejuve Corporation

Registration and Open House
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Lobby, Auburn Alumni Center

Silent Auction
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lobby, Auburn Alumni Center

*Family Friday on Cater Lawn
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cater Lawn

College of Science and Mathematics Luncheon
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Saugahatchee Country Club

College of Education Luncheon
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Terrace Room, The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Luncheon
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Shelby Center, McCartney Suite 3rd Floor

College of Liberal Arts Luncheon
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: The Collegiate Hotel

Auburn Family Friday Speaker Series featuring Sam Heys
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Goodwin Rooms, Auburn Alumni Center

Campus Tours
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lobby, Auburn Alumni Center

Group Photo
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium, The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

Cocktail Reception with Cash Bar
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Pre-Function Foyer, The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

Awards Dinner
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom, The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

*Tiger Stomp Step Show
8:00 p.m.
Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum
Click HERE to purchase tickets!

After Party with Cash Bar
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Location: Legacy Ballroom, The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

*Student led activity

Time: 12:30 p.m – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Cater Lawn

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Cater Lawn

Group Photo with Weekend T-Shirt
2:30 p.m. 
Steps of Cater Hall

Auburn vs. Mississippi State Football Game
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Auburn Arena, Scholarship Terrace and Mezzanine

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Black Alumni Weekend?

Black Alumni Weekend will be held from Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29 and will coincide with the Auburn vs. Mississippi State football game.

How do I register for Black Alumni Weekend?

Online registration is easy – click here! For questions about registration, please contact Erin Hutchins at 334-844-1146

How much does it cost to attend Black Alumni Weekend?

Early bird registration for the event is $120.00 per person and ends on July 15, 2019. General registration for the event is $140.00 per person. The whole family is invited to attend the tailgate on Saturday prior to the Auburn vs. Mississippi State football game. Kids (17 and under) are $5.45. Children 1 and under are free. Kid’s packages are $20.00 and include a t-shirt, and the tailgate.

Al la carte pricing is available for some events.

All prices include applicable sales tax. The adult ticket includes a $5 gift that will be donated to the Auburn Alumni Association PLUS Scholarship (gift amount is non-refundable).

When does online registration close for Black Alumni Weekend?

Online registration for Black Alumni Weekend closes on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Some events do have a limited capacity, so we encourage you to register early to ensure a spot!

What does the registration fee include?

Registration includes the Friday night Awards Dinner and Dance, the tailgate and much more. A Black Alumni Weekend t-shirt is included for each registered adult.

Where is lodging available during Black Alumni Weekend?

Registration does not include accommodations. For a list of hotel options, visit

What is the attire for Black Alumni Weekend?

The attire for the majority of the Black Alumni Weekend events is casual. Party/cocktail attire is requested for Friday night activities.

Are children/families invited to attend?

Yes! Children and family members are invited to all Black Alumni Weekend events, with the exception the Friday night events (Awards Dinner and Dance), which are geared more towards adults.

Do I need a parking pass to park on campus?

All vehicles that park on the Auburn University campus must display a valid Auburn University parking permit. As an honored campus guest, visitor or vendor, please acquire the appropriate parking pass from the Parking Services Office. To do so, please visit one of the following locations to obtain proper information and permit.

  • The AU Parking Services office located at 330 Lem Morrison Drive. The main entrance to Parking Services is on the second level of the South Quad Parking Deck. Don’t worry, there’s guest parking right by the door just for you.
  • For your convenience, a drive‐thru window is located on the ground level of the Parking Services Office and guest parking permits may be obtained there as well.
  • Stadium Deck Office: Parking Services has an office located at the entrance of the ramp leading to the fourth level in the Stadium Deck to issue permits to visitors/guests. For more information, please visit the Parking Services website or contact them at (334) 844‐4143.

For more information, please visit the Parking Services website or contact them at (334) 844‐4143.

Are there special services available for attendees with disabilities?

If you have a handicap placard or license plate, an Auburn University parking permit is still required to park on the campus. Present both your handicap placard, placard permit and a valid license to receive a guest pass. The guest pass will allow you to park in any available A, B or handicap space on Auburn University’s campus.

I can’t attend Black Alumni Weekend, but would like to make a gift to Auburn University. How do I do that?

To make a scholarship contribution, please click here. Thank you for your support.

What is the cancellation and refund policy for Black Alumni Weekend?

Requests can be made by calling (334) 844-1146 or directed to Erin Hutchins at by 5:00 p.m. CST on September 16, 2019.

Event Sponsors

Black Alumni Stories

  • Johnetta Jackson Henry '77
  • Theresa Steele Mitchell '01
  • Justin Robinson '16
  • Kelli Tolbert ‘92
  • Vertrina Grubbs '92
  • Lora Bailey '87: From The Plains To New Mexico
  • Kelvin Redd '90
  • Nicole Harris '14
  • Starrah Huffman
    Starrah Huffman '15
  • Kitrell Henderson Jr.
    Kittrell Henderson Jr. '08
  • Erika Sankey
    Erika Sankey '15
  • Olivia Cook
    Olivia Cook '14
  • DJ Gorgeous performing in Birmingham.
    Aisha Stroud ‘09: Banker by day, DJ Gorgeous by night
  • Sidberry currently works for Carter's Inc.
    Phillip Sidberry ‘11: Putting heart into art
  • Hathaway was the first African American ceramics teacher at Auburn.
    Isaac Scott Hathaway: Sculpting a better Auburn
  • Hillman poses at Auburn this past year.
    Danyelle Hillman ‘99: Auburn's first African American female cheerleader continues to inspire
  • Robinson owns her own company, JayRo Productions.
    Jaylin Robinson ‘11: Freelancer to business-owner
  • Ileeia Cobb helps make OLLI the best it can be.
    Ileeia A. Cobb ‘11: Using passion to Serve Senior Citizens
  • Scouting Champions, Allen Greene
    Travis Coleman '07: Scouting Champions
  • Ashley Gooden
    Ashley Gooden '14: Reporting Live
  • Weston Sims '19, Calvin Wilborn '19 make national impact on DNC
  • CJ Uzomah Running
    From Tiger to Tiger: Auburn Alumni on the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Kim Burton '88
    Kim Burton '88
  • Cherith Fluker '01
    Cherith Fluker '01
  • Khiari McAlpin '09
    Khiari McAlpin '09
  • Sophia Bracy Harris
    Sophia Bracy Harris '72
  • ShaRhonda Holmes-Stinson '05
    ShaRhonda Holmes-Stinson '05
  • Chacolby Burns-Johnson '01
    Chacolby Burns-Johnson '01
  • Paige Horace '13
    Paige Horace '13
  • Brandeis Reasor '06
    Brandeis Reasor '06
  • Tay-Lea Clayton '10
    Tay-Lea Clayton '10
  • Angelica Parker '11
    Angelica Parker '11
  • Yameeka CEO
    Yameeka Jones '01: Success Through Confidence
  • Paula Ducker-Davy '89
    Paula Ducker-Davy '89
  • Ashley Gayles '09 2
    Ashley Gayles '09
  • Jermelle Matthews '09
    Jermelle Matthews '09
  • Krystal Moore '07
    Krystal Moore '07
  • Sharne Rice '10
    Sharne Rice '10
  • Gabrielle Brundidge '13
    Gabrielle Brundidge '13
  • Jessica Alexander '11
    Jessica Alexander '11
  • Wanona Satcher '02
    Wanona Satcher '02
  • Tanya Anderson '95
    Tanya Anderson '95
  • Josetta Brittain Matthews '66
    Josetta Brittain Matthews '66
  • Mshon Pulliam
    Mshon Pulliam ‘12: Talking Potential
  • Mercedes Linton '14
    Mercedes Linton '14
  • Tracey Childs '98 & '00
    Tracey Childs '98
  • a photo of Erin Hutchins by the Auburn sign
    Erin Hutchins '09
  • Tiffany Davis '98
    Tiffany Davis '98
  • Sefako Kpomblekou-Tidwell '07
    Sefako Kpomblekou-Tidwell '07
  • Janayah Hudson '96
    Janayah Hudson '96
  • Angela Jenkins '94
    Angela Jenkins '94
  • Janice Jones '04
    Janice Jones '04
  • Sharonne Jacobs '94
    Sharonne Jacobs '94
  • Natalie Walker '16
    Natalie Walker '16
  • Jada Kidd Robinson '94
    Jada Kidd Robinson '94
  • Kimberly Mitchell '01
    Kimberly Mitchell '01
  • Natalie Stevenson '12
    Natalie Stevenson '12
  • Octavia Spencer
    Octavia Spencer: First Auburn Grad to Host SNL
  • Maya Pressley High Jump - Action Shot
    Maya Pressley '13: Olympic Hopeful Jumps Higher
  • LaNita Harris Photo
    LaNita Wright '09: Caring for Her Young Community
  • Drew Tipton and son
    Drew Tipton '08: Stitching Faith and Fashion
  • Greg Phillip Curtis photo
    Gregory Philip Curtis'11: Carving A Dream
  • Monica Gibbs photo
    Monica Gibbs '02: Exploring Creative Design

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Erin Hutchins

Erin Hutchins ’09

Inclusion & Diversity Programs Coordinator
(334) 844-1146