Black Alumni Weekend

Thank You For Attending the 2023 Black Alumni Weekend


April 19-21, 2024

The Black Alumni Council invites Black alumni and friends back to the Plains each spring for Black Alumni Weekend. Black Alumni Weekend is a three-day celebration focused on cultivating community through engaging social events and networking opportunities. It serves as a chance to celebrate the heritage, culture and legacy of Black alumni and forge the future for Black students at Auburn University.  The ninth annual weekend will be held April 19-21, 2024.

2023 Black Alumni Weekend 
Donning Of The Kente Photo Album

2023 Donning of the Kente (BAW)

2023 Black Alumni Weekend
Friday & Saturday Photo Album

2023 Black Alumni Weekend Friday & Saturday

2023 Black Alumni Weekend
Sunday Brunch Photo Album

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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.

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WHEREAS, Dr. Harold A. Franklin, Sr. began his young adult life serving his country in the United States Air Force as an active-duty officer from 1951-1955 and thereafter, a reservist until 1958; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Franklin received his undergraduate degree from Alabama State University where he graduated with honors in 1962; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Franklin exhibited a “spirit that is not afraid” when he walked onto Auburn’s campus as the university’s first Black student on January 4, 1964 to pursue his master’s degree; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Franklin ultimately earned a master’s degree from the University of Denver after being denied the opportunity to defend his thesis at Auburn University; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Franklin achieved an impressive career in higher education, including prominent faculty and administrative posts at Alabama State University, North Carolina A&T University, Tuskegee Institute, and Talladega College; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Franklin retired in 1992 after nearly three decades of service to higher education; and

WHEREAS, Auburn University has honored the historical role of Dr. Franklin at Auburn University by awarding Dr. Franklin an Honorary Doctor of Arts in 2001 and placing a historical marker on its main campus in 2015 to forever commemorate the desegregation of Auburn students; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Franklin has returned to Auburn’s campus on multiple occasions to serve as a lecturer for various events and during the recognition of historical milestones of Auburn University namely the university’s Sesquicentennial Lecture Series and the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the integration of Auburn; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Franklin successfully defended his thesis and graduated from Auburn University with a master’s degree in history in 2020; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Franklin returned to Auburn’s campus for his final time in December 2020 for the fall commencement to participate in a hooding ceremony for Auburn’s first female African American doctoral graduate in the Department of History; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Franklin passed away on September 9, 2021 at his home in Talladega, Alabama; and

WHEREAS, Auburn University has endeavored to further honor Dr. Franklin’s achievements by expanding and beautifying the area surrounding the existing desegregation marker which celebrates the contributions of Dr. Franklin; and

WHEREAS, the commemoration of this historical space on campus and a celebration of Dr. Franklin’s life and legacy will be honored during Auburn’s esteemed Black Alumni Weekend.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of Auburn University that the university hereby honors the life and legacy of Dr. Harold Alonza Franklin, proclaiming the profound impact he had on Auburn University, the state of Alabama, and higher education.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board hereby expresses its sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Franklin in this period of sadness and that a copy of this resolution be presented to them so that they know of the university’s actions and deep sympathy.

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