BLACK ALUMNI WEEKEND

September 27-29, 2019

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2020 Black Alumni Week

The Auburn Alumni Association is excited to welcome you to our first virtual Black Alumni Weekend. This week-long celebration will begin on September 28 and continue through October 4. Join us for a variety of panels, virtual social events and more.
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Dr. Harold A. Franklin Finally Receives Degree

Graduate student Harold A. Franklin was the first African American to attend Auburn University, enrolling on January 4, 1964. Franklin was admitted under heavy guard and was kept isolated from other students in campus housing. Although obstacles of the era prevented Dr. Franklin from completing his degree at Auburn at that time, he went on to earn a master’s degree in history at the University of Denver, and later pursued a renowned career in Higher Education at many institutions. Now, Franklin at 84 years of age and over 50 years since he integrated Auburn University, successfully defended his thesis earlier this year and earned his master’s degree in May 2020.

To celebrate this monumental accomplishment, share your words of congratulations and gratitude for Dr. Franklin as he paved the way for Black Alumni and current students to attend Auburn University. Responses will be compiled and shared with Dr. Franklin as well as on our website and app. Select responses will also be shared on social media.

Schedule of Events

Event: “The Story of Major Harper and Betsy Scott: Pebble Hill’s African-American Family Legacy”
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Event Format: Zoom Webinar
Presenters: Shari Williams & Terrance Vickerstaff
Description: Shari Williams and Terrance Vickerstaff will do a presentation on “The Story of Major Harper and Betsy Scott: Pebble Hill’s African-American Family Legacy.” Shari is a graduate student in the Department of History and Terrance is a descendant of Major Harper and Betsy Scott.

Event: Research to Preserve African American Stories and Traditions
Time:  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Event Format: Zoom Webinar
Presenters: Robert Bubb, Jada Ashford & Alexis Jones
Description: Robert Bubb and his students will do a presentation on their work with Research to Preserve African American Stories and Traditions. They have stories on Robert Frazier (the first “mascot”) and James Echols, who made lemonade at Toomer’s Drugs. Come and learn with us!

Video: Dr. Harold A. Franklin by MOSAIC Theater Company

Event: Auburn Abroad
Time:  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Event Format:  Zoom
Presenters: Mariel Goble, Assistant Director
Sarah Riley ’13, Study Abroad Coordinator
Lauren Roalkvan, Study Abroad Coordinator
Naja Williams, Auburn Abroad Intern
Description:  Join Auburn Abroad for a relaxed coffee chat to discuss studying, interning, or researching abroad. This time is for Auburn Alumni and potential incoming students to engage with students who have studied abroad. Whether you are exploring studying abroad in the future to want to chat about your past study abroad adventures we look forward to meeting you virtually!

 

Event: National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Connect – Divine 9 Alumni, Students, & Friends Networking Event
Time:  6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Event Format:  Zoom
Presenters/Hosts:  Ronny Isaac, NPHC President
Joshua Jones, NPHC Executive Vice President
Naja Williams, NPHC VP of Administration
Jerron Spraggins, NPHC Fundraiser Chair
Benard Goins, Coordinator, Greek Life
Peyton Alsobrook, Development Officer, Student Affairs
Description: Hear from current students and Student Affairs staff about the NPHC Legacy Plaza, learn about upcoming events, and enjoy connecting with fellow members of the Divine 9.

Video: Samuel L. Pettijohn ‘67 by MOSAIC Theater Company

Event(s): Deans Engagement Events
Time(s): 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Event Format: Zoom
Description: These events are an opportunity for alumni to engage in meaningful conversation with the Dean of their college or school and other staff in the Dean’s Office.

Event: AU Career Resources for Alumni
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Event Format: Zoom
Presenter: Addye Buckley-Burnell, Associate Director, Career Development for the Auburn University Career Center
Description: Join Addye Buckley-Burnell from the Auburn University Career Center to learn more about the services the Career Center has to offer to alumni up to five years after graduation. This event is geared towards alumni who are up to five years past graduation.

Event: Alumni & Auburn Faculty Happy Hour
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Event Format: Zoom
Host: Chippewa Thomas, Director, Office of Faculty Engagement, University Outreach
Description: Join the Office of University Outreach for a Happy Hour to connect Black alumni and current Black Faculty. Many of our alumni have not had the opportunity to have a Black professor during their time at Auburn so we wanted to create some time for fellowship. Grab a cocktail and let’s connect!

Event: Student Organization Leader Panel
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Event Platform: Zoom
Moderator: Alexis Davis, Coordinator for Student Organizations, Student Involvement
Description: Black student leaders at Auburn University have worked to elevate, advocate and advance change in diversity, inclusion and justice alongside peers, friends and allies. Come learn about the different Black student organizations on campus and how you can support.

Video: Josetta Brittain Matthews ‘66 by MOSAIC Theater Company

Event: Lunch & Learn: Anti-Blackness and Mental Health
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Event Platform: Zoom
Presenters: Garry Morgan, Special Assistant, Inclusion and Diversity Education for the Office of Inclusion & Diversity & Shawntell Pace ‘11, Alum
Description: Racism and anti-Black attitudes have been existent in this country for hundreds of years despite the ongoing efforts of Black people and allies to raise awareness of the detrimental impact that racism has had on society. The trauma that Black people have faced in this country has not only had adverse effects on their physical health but also their mental health. During this event, we will discuss the mental implications of historical and current anti-blackness and how to preserve our mental health.

Event: Alumni Panel
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Event Platform: Zoom
Moderator: Regenia Sanders ‘95, President, Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors
Panelists: Shirley Boulware ‘91, Julius Hammond ‘19, Jazzmin Carr ’15, Chacolby Burns-Johnson ‘01
Description: In 1964, Dr. Harold A. Franklin paved the way for future Black students at Auburn. Since then, countless others have inspired us all through contributions in the classroom and their chosen careers. Join us for a night of celebration, education and networking. This event is geared toward students so that they can hear from alumni about their time at Auburn and where they are now.

Event: Virtual Awards Ceremony
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Event Platform: Pre-recorded video
Speakers: Gretchen VanValkenburg ’86, Vice President for Alumni Affairs & Executive Director, Auburn Alumni Association
Dr. Jay Gogue ’69, President, Auburn University
Regenia Sanders ’95, President, Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors
Allen Greene, Director of Athletics, Auburn University
Elizabeth Huntley ‘93, Member, Auburn University Board of Trustees

Award Recipients:

  • School of Nursing – Simona Black ’94
  • Raymond J. Harbert College of Business – Randy Bradley ’97
  • School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences – Victoria David ’99
  • Samuel Ginn College of Engineering – Sharlene Evans ’86
  • College of Education – Andre Harrison ’06
  • College of Sciences and Mathematics – Sonya Jenkins ’92
  • College of Human Sciences – Cheniece Kelleher ’13
  • College of Agriculture – Abra Lee ’02
  • Harrison School of Pharmacy – Wade Scott ’76

Description: Join us for a night of celebrating the accomplishments of our Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award Winners.

Event: Chef JRob’s Gameday Grill Out
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Event Platform: Zoom
Description: Read more about Justin Robinson

Event: Auburn vs. Georgia Football Game
Time: 6:30 PM
Event Platform: Watch on ESPN

Event: Sunday Fellowship
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Event Platform: Zoom
Hosts: Sonya Jenkins ‘92, Nathaniel Rutledge ’90, Abraham Snell ‘94
Description: Come and enjoy some inspirational words from fellow alumni and draw encouragement from connection with other Black alumni. This is the perfect event to end the week.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Black Alumni Week?

Black Alumni Week will be held from Monday, September 28 through Sunday, October 4.

How do I register for Black Alumni Week?

Online registration is easy – Register Here. For questions about registration, please contact Erin Hutchins at erinhutchins@auburn.edu

How much does it cost to attend Black Alumni Week?

Registration is free! T-shirt will be available for $20.  More information to follow.

When does online registration close for Black Alumni Week?

Online registration for Black Alumni Week closes on Sunday, September 27, 2020. Some events do have a limited capacity, so we encourage you to register early to ensure a spot!

What does the registration fee include?

No fees. Registration is free! You can purchase a t-shirt for $20.

Where is lodging available during Black Alumni Week?

Virtual Event. No lodging is necessary.

What is the attire for Black Alumni Week?

The attire for the majority of the Black Alumni Weekend events is casual. We look forward to seeing your face on the screen.

Are children/families invited to attend?

Yes! Children and family members are invited to all Black Alumni Week events. There will be special activities for children throughout the week.

Are there special services available for attendees with disabilities?

The recording will be available with transcript for viewing after the event.

I can’t attend Black Alumni Week, 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 Week?

Requests can be made by emailing Erin Hutchins at erinhutchins@auburn.edu by 5:00 p.m. CST on September 30, 2020.

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Photos from Black Alumni Weekend 2019

Black Alumni Stories

  • Keith Cain '98
    Keith Cain '98
  • Kris Sims '16
    The Power of Black Tears: Kris Sims ’16
  • Tommy L Davis '10
    Tommy L. Davis '10
  • Maurice Robinson '08
    Maurice Robinson '08
  • Bruce Kaalund '84
  • Tiffany Welch '94
    Tiffany Welch '94
  • Samuel "Skip" Vaughn '76
  • 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.
    Sculpting a Better Auburn: Isaac Scott Hathaway
  • 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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Alumni can also donate scrapbooks, diaries, journals, letters, photographs and other items related to their time at Auburn University to the Special Collections and Archives Department. In doing this we can ensure that future generations know what life was like for years to come.  To make a donation, contact Tommy Brown at 334-844-1733.

Contact

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Erin Hutchins ’09

Inclusion & Diversity Programs Coordinator

erinhutchins@auburn.edu
(334) 844-1146

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