2023 Black Alumni Reunion

October 27-29, 2023: Alumni from all generations came together for a weekend of lectures, receptions, and gatherings–and to collectively reimagine and envision the future of the Black community at Brown.

Weekend Recap


Black Alumni Reunion 2023 Brown University

Calling all generations back to College Hill!

The Black Alumni Reunion Weekend experience will be centered on the Afrofuturism themes of (Re)Claiming, (Re)Connecting, and (Re)Imagining. We’ll explore the evolution of the Black experience at Brown and celebrate the agency of our Black community through panels, gatherings, and social events focused on the arts, entrepreneurship, and activism. We’ll also celebrate the legacy of faculty and alumni who paved the way for generations of Black students and alumni. #BrownBAR2023


Online registration for Black Alumni Reunion is closed.

Please email alumni_events@brown.edu or leave a message at +1 (401) 863-6601 with questions about registration. A member of Brown's alumni events team will reply as soon as possible. 

For registration questions, refer to our FAQs.

There is a registration fee assessed per person that includes access to all Black Alumni Reunion weekend events including two breakfasts, one lunch, and two dinners/receptions.

  Early Registration 
(by Oct. 8)
Regular Registration 
(Oct. 9- 23)
On-site Registration 
(Oct. 27-29)
Alumni (11-70 years out+; Classes of 2013-1940s) $125 $170 $220
Young alumni (6-10 years out; Classes of 2018-2014) $100 $125 $150
Recent grads (1-5 years out; Classes of 2023-2019) $75 $100 $125
Children (16-18 years old) $75 $100 $100
Children (5-15 years old) $25 $35 $35
Children (0-4 years old) Free Free Free


10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Black Alumni Reunion Check-In and Hospitality Center

Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street (corner of George)

Attendees should pick up their name badges when they arrive on campus. Name badges will grant access to all events throughout the weekend.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Open House: Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship

Learn more about the center’s programs, curricular offerings, student ventures, and events related to entrepreneurship.

Hosted by: Nelson Center staff and former Entrepreneurs in Residence Lorine Pendleton ’91 and Riche Holmes Grant ’99; former Peer Entrepreneur in Residence Lauren Brown ’22

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

“Building a Bridge Back to Brown” Oral History Project Exhibition

The “Building A Bridge Back to Brown” oral history project was established by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity in collaboration with the John Hay Library. The project collects the stories, ephemera, and artifacts of Black alumni who have shared memories of their lived experiences at Brown. The project’s goal is to provide current and future students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Brown’s history. This exhibition is open to alumni all weekend.

The opening celebration for this exhibition will happen on Saturday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (See Saturday events for details.)

1-2:30 p.m.

Today at Brown: Concurrent Panels

These panels highlight research, academic initiatives, the student experience, and alumni journeys through discussions hosted by Brown faculty and senior leaders.

Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC) LIVE: Unpacking the Black Student Experience Through the Lens of the BCSC

This interactive discussion will explore the lived experiences of Black students involved in the Brown Center for Students of Color through the lens of (Re)claiming, (Re)connecting, and (Re)imagining with three live podcast-style conversations in various spaces within the BCSC.

  • The (Re)Claiming session will explore the evolution of the signature ONYX: Rites of Passage Dinner and the growth of the Third World Transition Program/Minority Peer Council.
  • The (Re)Connecting session will explore the innovative programming being produced by the Black Heritage Series and the BCSC’s expanded social media/art presence. This session will also explore the Harambee House community and Black Greek life.
  • The (Re)Imagining session will unpack the impact of activism on Black student life today.

Hosted by: Vincent Harris, associate dean and director of the Brown Center for Students of Color

School of Engineering Student Experience

Tejal Desai ’94, Sorensen Family Dean of Engineering, will briefly highlight the School of Engineering’s current research and strategic priorities before opening up a conversation between current engineering students and alumni. Attendees will hear directly from Brown students about their classes and research, their experiences on campus, and the support they receive (and need) as students in a STEM field. Students and alumni will both have the opportunity to ask questions, allowing alumni to share what they have learned since leaving Brown and ask students about the opportunities and challenges they face on campus today.

Hosted by: Tejal Desai ’94, Sorensen Family Dean of Engineering

Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice presents Doing Public Humanities Today

Former graduate fellows of the Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice will reflect on their current work in cultural heritage organizations. Today these fellows are emerging leaders in the fields of curation, preservation, and interpretation. Panelists will discuss curatorial and archival practice, oral history projects, and preservation initiatives they have led focused on the legacies of racial slavery, race and racism, and restorative justice.

Moderator: Anthony Bogues, Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, professor of Africana studies, professor of history of art and architecture, director of the Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Panelists: Elon Cook Lee AM’14, director of interpretation and education for the Historic Sites Department National Trust for Historic Preservation; Johanna Obenda AM'19, curatorial and museum specialist, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Anni A. Pullagura AM’16 AM’22 PhD’22, assistant curator, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston

3-4 p.m.

Levi Adams ADE’75 hon. Memorial Service

This service will celebrate the life, dedicated service, and impact of Vice President Emeritus Levi C. Adams ADE’75 hon., a pioneering member of Brown’s leadership team. Levi was instrumental in establishing The Warren Alpert Medical School and shaping the lives and careers of a generation of Brown alumni. Adams’ long and distinguished career at Brown as an educator, mentor, and administrator focused on ensuring the success of Brown students—especially those from underrepresented communities training in science and medicine. As vice president for biology and medicine external affairs, Levi played a pivotal role in garnering support for a medical school at Brown from Rhode Island legislators. He also helped establish the Early Identification Program with Tougaloo College and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (currently the Office of Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) in 1981.

5-7:30 p.m.

Churchill House Dedication Ceremony

Alumni, faculty, staff, and students will celebrate the renovation of Churchill House, Brown’s 50-year home for Africana Studies, and the Bass Rites and Reason Theatre. Churchill House is a critical hub for scholarship and performance focused on the culture, politics, and history of the African diaspora. President Christina H. Paxson and Noliwe Rooks, chair of Africana studies, and L. Herbert Ballou, University Professor in Africana Studies, will share remarks during the dedication ceremony.

8-10 p.m.

Retirement Celebration: Elmo Terry-Morgan ’74, Celebrating a Living Legacy

This event will honor the recently retired artistic director of Rites and Reason Theatre Elmo Terry-Morgan ’74, who also served as a professor of Africana studies and theatre arts and performance studies for more than 30 years. The program will include performances by local and international artists, excerpts of his work, and reflective conversation.

Master of Ceremonies: Christina Anderson ’03

8-11 p.m.

The Art Salon Experience

This Art Salon is designed to spotlight a diverse array of artistic talents within our alumni community. Art enthusiasts, lovers of live performances, or those simply curious to experience the magic of creativity can come explore original works of art and experience musical, spoken word, and comedic performances.

Comedy: Donna Lewis

Musical performances: Becky Bass ’13, Katani A. Eaton Sumner ’85, Oludolapo I. Akinkugbe ’16 

Visual artists: Lydia Boddie-Rice ’76, Charla Freeman Elizabeth ’80, William Stevens ’83 MD’87, Nathaniel Barnes, M.D. ’84, Marvin Campbell ’82, Nancy Prendergast ’83 MD’86

MC: Stephen Hill ’84

10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Neo Soul/Jazz Lounge

At this casual event, alumni can catch up with friends and connect with other alumni across the generations.

Young Alumni Future Soul/Rising R&B Lounge

Recent grads (Classes of 2014-2023) are invited to meet up with friends, reminisce, and reconnect.

7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Black Alumni Reunion Check-In and Hospitality Center

Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street (corner of George)

Attendees should pick up their name badges when they arrive on campus. Name badges will grant access to all events throughout the weekend.

8-8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session: Understanding the Impact of the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Race in Admissions and Considerations of Legacy Admissions

Brown’s Associate Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admission Logan Powell will moderate a discussion with campus leaders Sylvia Carey-Butler, vice president for institutional equity and diversity, and Eileen Goldgeier, vice president and general counsel, on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on race-conscious admissions and the University's ongoing response. President Christina H. Paxson will share opening remarks and alumni trustee Eldridge Gilbert ’05, senior vice president at SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity), will then moderate a discussion with MIT Chancellor Melissa Nobles ’85 and cultural critic, producer, screenwriter, and New York Times bestselling author Xochitl Gonzalez ’99 on legacy admissions.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

(Re)imagining & (Re)claiming: Concurrent Panels

These panels will explore the evolution of the Black experience at Brown and celebrate Black identity and agency through workshops on topics of special interest to the Black community.

Telling the Story...“Building a Bridge Back to Brown” Project and Future Directions 

Art, theater, student protests, faculty leadership, and organizing through alumni networks serve as locations to explore, record, and celebrate the Black experience at Brown University. This panel will offer current insights that have been generated by the "Building a Bridge Back to Brown" project and the work of Africana studies to extend and expand on those findings. 

Welcoming remarks: Sylvia Carey-Butler, vice president for institutional equity and diversity

Moderator: Christopher West, curator of the Black diaspora at the John Hay Library

Panelists: Bernicestine Bailey ’68 LHD'23 hon., P'99, P'03; Harold Bailey Jr. ’70 LHD'95 hon., P'99, P'03; Barrett Hazeltine, professor emeritus of engineering; and Noliwe Rooks, L. Herbert Ballou University Professor of Africana Studies and chair of Africana studies

Building Black Opportunity and Wealth Through Entrepreneurship

Attendees will hear from an intergenerational panel of alumni entrepreneurs and founders about their entrepreneurial journeys and how they leveraged their Brown experiences to build successful ventures across industries. Learn about the challenges and triumphs they encountered along the way and their blueprints for building Black opportunity and wealth through entrepreneurship.

Moderator: Lauren Brown ’22, associate consultant at Bain & Company and former Nelson Center Peer Entrepreneur in Residence

Panelists: Brickson Diamond ’93, co-founder and board chair of Blackhouse Foundation; Robbie Felton ’21, co-founder of Intus Care; Lisa Gelobter ’91, CEO/founder of tEQuitable; Lorine Pendleton ’91, venture capitalist and founding partner of 125 Ventures; Wendell Hanes ’93, award winning TV and film composer/songwriter, CEO of Volition Sound

Standing in our Power! Leveraging the Power of the Black Vote

Black voters have emerged as a muscular political force and one of the most intensely courted constituencies in politics today, influencing ballot issues like health equity, economic empowerment, education, reproductive justice, voting rights, and environmental justice. This discussion will explore how Black voting power can leverage outcomes at the state, local, and national levels all the way up to the Supreme Court. Co-facilitated by the alumnae of Lambda Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Moderator: Akosua Ali, president of the NAACP’s Washington, D.C. branch

Panelists: Tiara Mack ’16, Rhode Island senator, District 6; John Goncalves ’13 MAT’15, Providence City Council, Ward 1; Tahesha L. Way ’93, lieutenant governor of New Jersey 

“YE! The Film”: A Jagun Universe Spanning Hip-Hop and Afrofuturism

This special screening of “YE! The Film” will be followed by a thought-provoking conversation featuring Hank Shocklee, an esteemed Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy/Oscar-nominated music producer, who not only produced the film but also composed its original score. Joining him in this engaging discussion are John Oluwole ADEkoje, the co-owner of Jagun Fly Productions and the creative force behind “YE!” as its writer and director; Jo-Ann Nina, the executive producer of Teknimension and “YE!” producer and music supervisor; and Miranda ADEkoje ’04, executive producer of “YE!” and co-owner of Jagun Fly Productions. Our discussion will be moderated by Donald King ’93, the creative director of King Saint Germain, who also serves as an associate producer of “YE!” This event promises to take you on an unforgettable journey into the world of “YE!” and explore the transformative power of hip-hop in today's global landscape.

Moderators: Miranda ADEkoje ’04, producer, co-owner of Jagun Fly Productions; Donald King ’93, producer and creative director of King Saint Germain

Panelists: Hank Shocklee, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy/Oscar-nominated music producer; Jo-Ann Nina, producer; John Oluwole ADEkoje, producer, writer, director, and CEO at ADEkoje Filmwerks

12:30-2 p.m.

Affinity Connection Community Lunch

Beyond the classroom, student activities, identity center engagement, athletic affiliations, and campus housing shaped each Brunonian’s student experience. During this homecoming-style community lunch, alumni can reminisce and connect with other alums and students who share similar student experiences. Tables will be grouped by student activities, athletic affiliations, campus housing, and other affinities.

1-2 p.m.

Churchill House Open House

Alumni are invited to explore the newly renovated Churchill House and learn about how this updated space supports the expansion and future of the Africana studies program at Brown.

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Screening of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

This film by award-winning director Yoruba Richen ’94 captures the unexpected story of Rosa Parks and her life beyond the historic bus boycott, revealing the intent behind her activism, her radical politics, and her courage. Discussion to follow.

Moderator: Riche Holmes Grant ’99, TV host and film producer

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Building Connections: Moving from Social Capital to Community Capital—Alumni and Student Networking Event

This interactive session is designed to help students and alumni enhance their abilities to build meaningful connections and recognize the role of relationships in career advancement and professional development. Students and alumni will have an opportunity to connect and expand professional and community networks, and alumni of all generations are encouraged to be part of the process of strengthening our community capital. Co-facilitated by the alumnae of Lambda Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Moderator: Markita Morris-Louis ’98, CEO, Compass Working Capital

Panelists: Karyn Parsons, author, founder and president of Sweet Blackberry Foundation, and actress best known for her role as Hilary Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”; Miecha Ranea Forbes ’98, vice president of people and culture at The Aspen Institute; Max Clermont ’11 MPH’12, senior adviser at Partners in Health

6:45-10 p.m.

(Re)imagining & (Re)claiming Our Future Celebration Dinner

This celebratory evening will feature remarks by Brown President Christina H. Paxson followed by a panel discussion on the power of art in (Re)imagining and (Re)claiming Black narratives and the important role that storytellers of Black history and experience have in our society. The Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC) will honor the achievements of Judy Sanford-Harris ’74, P’14, the second IPC Black Legacy Awardee.

Panel special guests: Hank Shocklee, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy/Oscar-nominated music producer; Karyn Parsons, author, founder and president of Sweet Blackberry Foundation, and actress best known for her role as Hilary Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”; Christina Anderson ’03, playwright; Richard Gray ’85, community activist and educator

Evening attire: Show off your style, from elegant chic to casual wear.

10:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

Funk Nite: Halloween Edition

This popular Brown tradition will feature Garfield Davidson '00 (DJ GARF DIGGA) spinning the best music of the ’70s through today with a special Halloween flair, and alumni are encouraged to show off their Halloween spirit! Snacks and cash bar available.

8:30-9:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Gospelfest Celebration

The weekend will close with a spirit-filled celebration of gospel music, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Brown’s first gospel choir. Alumni of combined Black choirs spanning that history will perform, directed by Loni Berry ’76 AM’89. Journalist, educator, and community activist Mark Winston Griffith ’85 will be the featured speaker and Brown’s first African American chaplain, Geoffrey Black, will host the event.

Other Events

Be sure to check out these other events happening on campus over the weekend.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEMM Organizations: Beyond Broadening Participation

Leaders from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Brown STEMM community will convene for a daylong conference discussing strategies to advance antiracism and DEI in science and medicine. Faculty, students, administrators, and alumni with an interest in DEI efforts in STEMM are encouraged to attend this free event. Learn more

5:30-7:30 p.m.

“INVISIBLE BEAUTY” Film Screening: Unheard Social Justice Movements and the Lasting Impact of Quiet

The Brown Center for Students of Color and the Ivy Film Festival are proud to present Unheard Social Justice Movements and the Lasting Impact of Quiet, a screening of “INVISIBLE BEAUTY,” and a post-screening conversation with directors and screenwriters Bethann Hardison and Frédéric Tcheng. Learn more and reserve tickets

Noon-2 p.m.

Brown University’s Main Green Goes Red

The women of the Lambda Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will celebrate their milestone 50th anniversary on the main green. The sorority was founded on Brown’s campus in 1974 as a Providence citywide chapter, and its members exemplify their founding principles of sisterhood, scholarship, and service. Their theme of “Honoring Our Legacy, Reigniting Our Sisterhood, and Empowering Our Future” will be on display throughout the weekend as they integrate their reunion with the Black Alumni Reunion.

3-5:30 p.m.

Professor Paget Henry’s Retirement Symposium

A celebration of the career and legacy of Paget Henry, recently retired professor of Africana studies and sociology. The symposium will include round table discussions on C.L.R. James, Africana philosophical thought, and Caribbean radicals and revolutionaries, followed by a reflection by Professor Henry. Light refreshments provided. Registration is required.

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Members’ Hospitality Suite

In the spirit of sisterhood and celebration, the Alpha Kappa Alphas have created a space where alumnae can reconnect, make new memories, and honor the legacy of their sisterhood. AKA Sorority sisters are invited to join in celebrating the bonds of sisterhood that unite us, both at Brown University and beyond.

9-9:30 a.m.

Honoring Professor Anani Dzidzienyo

In honor of Anani Dzidzienyo’s passing, the Department of Africana Studies will host a libation ceremony in front of Churchill House and then lead a walk to the Gospelfest event.

2-4:30 p.m.

Professor Lundy Braun’s Retirement Symposium

This gathering will celebrate the career and legacy of recently retired Lundy Braun ADE’94 hon., P’97, P’03, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and Africana studies. The symposium will include roundtable discussions on race, racism, and medicine, as well as Braun’s pathbreaking work connecting those areas of study. Light refreshments provided. Registration is required.



Online Reunion registration is now closed. If you’d like to register, you can do so on-site/in-person at Maddock during check-in hours. (Please note that tickets for limited-capacity events can't be guaranteed during on-site registration.)

Registration/check-in times and location: 

Maddock Alumni Center


10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.


You can make changes directly through the online registration system until October 23, 2023. If you can no longer attend Black Alumni Reunion, please email alumni_events@brown.edu or leave a message at 401-863-6601 to cancel your registration.  *Please note: Refunds are not guaranteed.

Want to see if a certain someone is attending? Find the Black Alumni Reunion list by visiting your myBrown account.


Yes, feel free to register a spouse or fellow alum.

Lodging, Travel, Parking, and Transportation

If you haven’t booked lodging yet, here are some helpful sites to get you started:

Brown Visitor Accommodations website

Brown Travel Portal

Rhode Island Visitor Info

Providence Visitor Info


Give your GPS a rest. We’ve got you covered:

From the north: From Route 95 South take Exit 25 and turn left on Smithfield Avenue. Then turn left on North Main Street. Then take an immediate right turn on 7th Street. Then turn right on Hope Street South. Then turn right onto Power Street. Then turn right onto Brown Street.

From the south: From Route 95 North take Exit 24 East on Branch Avenue to Cypress Street. Turn right on Hope Street South. Then turn right onto Power Street. Then turn right onto Brown Street.

From the east: Take I-195 West to Exit 2; continue straight on South Main Street and turn right onto College Street. Continue straight up the hill to the Van Wickle Gates on Prospect Street.

From the northwest: From 146 South take the Branch Avenue Exit. Turn left on Branch Avenue. Continue on Branch Avenue East. Then continue East on Cypress Street. Turn right on Hope Street South. Then turn right onto Power Street. Then turn right onto Brown Street.

From the west on Route 6: Take Route 95 North, then take Exit 24 East on Branch Avenue. Continue East on Cypress Street. Then turn right onto Hope Street South. Then turn right onto Power Street. Then turn right onto Brown Street.

The University parking lot with the most spaces is the Power Street Garage at the corner of Power and Thayer streets (Friday until 6 p.m.: $3/hour or $15/day; after 6 p.m. and Saturday: $2/hour); Metered and free street parking is also available in the streets surrounding campus; please pay attention to time restrictions and meter policies. There is no parking on Providence city streets from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

More information on parking near campus.  

Shuttle services will be available to and from campus from downtown hotels on a continuous loop during the weekend.

Start/End Point 

Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown St., Providence, RI

*will add an additional stop to Pembroke Field on Saturday

Start/End Times

Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m.-10 a.m., noon-2 p.m., and 4 p.m.-6 p.m.  

Sunday: 8 a.m.-10 a.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m.


1. Providence Marriott Downtown, 1 Orms St., Providence, RI

2. Homewood Suites, 5 Exchange St., Providence, RI

3. Courtyard by Marriott, 32 Exchange Terrace At Memorial Blvd, Providence, RI

4. Omni Providence Hotel, 1 W Exchange St., Providence, RI

5. Aloft Providence Downtown, 191 Dorrance St., Providence, RI

Please check in at Maddock Alumni Center (38 Brown Street, Providence RI) when you arrive. Registration/check-in times are:


10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

An up-to-date campus map will be available in your program booklet, which you will receive when you check in. You can also consult this interactive campus map.

Emergencies, Health

Testing of any type is not a substitute for monitoring and paying attention to the onset and development of symptoms. You must stay home from University events and functions if you are experiencing potential symptoms of COVID-19. Read more about Brown’s policy on testing, masking, and isolation here.

The Brown University police dispatch emergency personnel and coordinate all emergency services.

For medical emergencies or urgent medical care, call +1 (401) 863-4111.

From campus phones, which are designated by blue lights, press the red emergency button.

Any uniformed police officer, security officer, or emergency medical technician can assist you in obtaining care.

The Brown University Department of Public Safety dispatches emergency personnel and coordinates all emergency services.

To obtain help for any emergency in the Brown community, call +1 (401) 863-4111.

From campus phones, which are designated by blue lights, press the red emergency button.

To report a non-emergency, or to seek other assistance from the Brown University police, call +1 (401) 863-3322 (extension 3-3322 from any University phone).


If you are in need of any accommodations (i.e. food allergies, religious meals, handicapped parking, a wheelchair, or captioning), please reach out to us at alumni_events@brown.edu or leave a message at 401-863-6601. We are dedicated to ensuring your visit is both comfortable and accessible, as we recognize the significance of delivering an inclusive experience while on campus.

Weather & Attire

No. The events that will be taking place outside are tented. Please choose footwear accordingly based on weather.

Most Reunion events are casual. It’s Brown—be comfortable! It’s also New England in the fall, which means you should be prepared for a wide variety of weather. Also, we’d recommend to remember the quaint cobblestones throughout Providence when selecting your footwear. 

For Saturday night’s dinner, show off your style, from elegant chic to casual wear. Funk nite is Halloween-themed, and alumni are encouraged to show off their Halloween spirit.

Dining & Other Facilities

ON-CAMPUS: In addition to scheduled reunion meals, several campus markets and eateries will be open.

Blue Room

Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center 

Campus Market

Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center 

Ivy Room

Sharpe Refectory (Lower Level) 

NEARBY: Explore Thayer Street and Providence for more options!

Some food for thought:

East Side restaurants

Local Black-owned restaurants

Rhode Island Monthly Best of Rhode Island food and drink winners

Brown University Catering and local caterers will make every effort to meet special dietary needs. You must email your dietary needs and the names of the catered events you will be attending to alumni_events@brown.edu

Please be aware that peanuts will be served at the Affinity Connection Community Lunch.

Restrooms are located in Maddock Alumni Center, Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center, Sayles Hall, and Salomon Center.

Brown’s Department of Public Safety coordinates the lost and found desk. If you find an item, please bring it to the Department of Public Safety headquarters at 75 Charlesfield Street. Call +1 (401) 863-3322 regarding any lost items.

Social Media & Internet

Get social with your Black Alumni Reunion experience by using #BrownBAR2023.

You are welcome to log onto Brown’s visitor network. Wireless is available on the College Green, and in many classrooms: From your list of available networks, choose Brown-Guest, then provide your email address, and voila! You’re online!

If you have any questions, please email alumni_events@brown.edu or leave a message at 401-863-6601.

Giving Back

The Black alumni donor community has already made a huge impact at Brown, and we can do so much more. Pay it forward for your own Brown experience. Create a connection across the generations. 

At the 2018 Black Alumni Reunion, we announced the creation of the Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC) Brown Annual Fund (BAF) Scholarship—which provides financial aid with a preference for exceptional African American or Black students. This community-driven scholarship has already supported 39 students.

To commemorate this year’s reunion, our goal is for all attendees of the Black Alumni Reunion to give toward the goal of raising $1 million for the IPC BAF Scholarship. This will support 10 students over four years (equivalent to 40 annual scholarships).

Gifts of any size—including pledges—completed by June 30, 2024 will count toward this goal. Additionally, gifts made toward any area that supports diversity and inclusion initiatives at Brown will count toward the participation goal.

Make a gift now, or contact Alyssia Coates at alyssia_coates@brown.edu for more information or for assistance making a pledge. Pledges can also be made via our online giving form using the “Giving Frequency” options.

Help us make a collective impact.

Financial aid makes Brown accessible for students from all backgrounds. Help us reach our $1 million goal and support the next generation of Brunonians with a gift to the IPC BAF Scholarship. See below for information about other giving areas.

Give to the IPC BAF Scholarship

Support Other Diversity & Inclusion Giving Areas

Help sustain the welcoming and vibrant community necessary to advance knowledge, learning, and discovery on College Hill and beyond.

This impact fund enhances the experience of students through creative programming and opportunities as outlined in Brown's diversity and inclusion action plan.

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By providing financial resources, this fund helps to remove barriers to a medical education and help bring students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to The Warren Alpert Medical School.

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With its support of the Health Equity Scholars Program, this fund provides specialized training and financial aid to exceptional Master of Public Health (MPH) candidates—with a focus on graduates of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), alumni of Hispanic-serving institutions, and residents of Rhode Island.

Make a Gift

Through this fund, the School of Engineering supports the latest technology, research opportunities, student travel, and the strengthening of co-curricular groups including for the National Society of Black Engineers.

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A leading voice on complex and important social issues, CSREA is at the forefront of assembling scholars and practitioners to confront some of the most vexing matters facing the nation.

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Founded in 2012, the Simmons Center has built a global reputation for bringing together scholars, artists, and creative practitioners to examine the contemporary impact of the history of racial slavery.

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This capacity-building, information-sharing, and experiential initiative aims to solidify Brown University as a bridge builder to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

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Brown's Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED)—in collaboration with Brown’s Rockefeller and John Hay libraries and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women—is conducting a series of interviews and collecting artifacts from participants, which will be incorporated into an exhibit at the Rockefeller Library.

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The $20-million capital project will transform the building into a welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It will accommodate the recent growth of the Department of Africana Studies, making room for new faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate concentrators. It will also create new opportunities for Rites and Reason Theatre to be a hub for teaching, performance, and community engagement at the intersection of performing arts and Africana studies.

Learn more

You can also have an impact on the Brown community by giving of your time and talent. Find out about various volunteer opportunities that match your interests and skills.

Planning Committee

The 2023 Black Alumni Reunion is being organized by members of the Black Alumni Reunion Planning Committee, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the Division of Advancement.

Eldridge Gilbert ’05

Jeffrey Hines ’83 MD’86

Markita Mays ’06

Chance Craig ’14

Harry William Holt Jr. ’91, P’16

Michele Benoit-Wilson ’95, MD ’99

Riche Holmes Grant Esq. ’99

Johnny Graves ’86, P’19

Markita Morris-Louis ’98

Rhona G. Crockett ’87, P’23

Ijahala Pottinger ’20

Thierry Fortune ’84

Galen Henderson MD’93

Wassa Bagayoko ’21

Adjatay Nyadjroh ’07

Konique Ballah ’02

Lehidy Frias ’17

Lianna Patterson Ware ’20

Tony Teat ’88

Tamera Coyne-Beasley MPH’87

Antonio Kittles ’00

Candace Berry-Vaughn ’84, P’20

Lavdena Adams Orr MD’76

Greg Silverthorne ’83

Jazmine Williams ’14

Lola Brown ’01

Dwayne Parris ’13

LeTia Green-Tettey ’16

Dominick Boyce ’90

Harold Bailey Jr. ’70 LHD’95 hon., P’99, P’03

Bernicestine Bailey ’68 LHD’23 hon., P’99, P’03

Joelle Murchison ’95

Preston Tisdale ’73, P’10, P’10 MPH’16 MD’16, P’12

Javette P. Laremont ’80

Brickson Diamond ’93

Earl Hunt  II ’03

Atiba Mbiwan ’82

Harold W. Jordan ’85

Randi Richardson ’20

Andrea O'Neal ’03

Reginald D. Williams II ’02
President Elect

Eleanor Brown ’93

Randi Richardson ’20
Recent Graduate Officer

About the Artwork

Shakoor Bukhuth, aka “Shaun Beyond,” is a multifaceted graphic artist, illustrator, concept creator, and explorer who was born and raised in Mauritius. The inspiration behind his work is “to visually explore the metaphysical and psychic world centered around alternate realities and possibilities, beyond the boundaries of conditioned imaginations.” He has represented Mauritius and Africa in various international art and design competitions, as well as in group and solo exhibitions worldwide, and has worked and collaborated with various universities, institutions, and companies around the world.

“The 2023 Black Alumni Reunion artwork is a visual metaphor for empowerment, rooted in African leadership. It demonstrates the sharing of new ideas, knowledge, and alternatives for advancement through mentorship, innovation, evolution, and generational exchange. The art seeks to magnify the triumph of Black people and Afrodescendents at Brown, re-defining the Afro-centric roles being played in education, the social sciences, and art in both the United States and on a global scale.

Afrofuturism is the concept and theme being used here to express notions of Black identity by demonstrating the link between Afro-Americans and ancient Africans in a visionary setup, centered around alternate realities and views on possible futures. By celebrating the past, present, and future altogether, the artwork explores the experiences and culture of visionary ideas, resurrecting progressive visions of African sovereignty and success. 

Visually, we are dwelling into the mystic beauty, myths, and magical realism of the diverse cultural aesthetic of the African diaspora by re-imagining and empowering both the past and future. It is an ode, a reconstructive effort seeking to inform and educate by reconnecting with cultures, histories, and philosophies.”

–Shakoor Bukhuth


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