Brown wouldn’t be what it is today without the support and generosity of our Black alumni donors. Through three recognition levels, the Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC) seeks to show appreciation for these alumni and the impact of their philanthropy: ensuring that access to a Brown education continues to grow and that Brunonians continue to have a transformative impact on the world.
Inman Page Black Alumni Council Recognition
Recognizing Black alumni donors and their philanthropy to Brown.
GEORGE WASHINGTON MILFORD
Donors at the $5,000 level are recognized with the George Washington Milford pin. Milford and his classmate Inman Page were the first known Black undergraduates of Brown University in the Class of 1877. He served as the historian for his class, and corresponded with journalist and abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison during his time at Brown. He later had a successful career as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., even arguing a case before the Supreme Court.
ETHEL TREMAINE ROBINSON
Donors at the $7,500 level are recognized with the Ethel Tremaine Robinson pin. Robinson was the first African American female graduate of Brown University in 1905. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and won the Class of 1873 Prize Essay competition. She later taught English and literature at Howard University and helped one of her students found Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first sorority created by and for Black women at Howard.
Donors at the $10,000 level are recognized with the Inman Page pin. Alongside classmate George Washington Milford, Inman Page was one of the first known Black undergraduates of Brown University in 1877. Born into slavery in 1853, he escaped his Virginia plantation at the age of 10. A gifted speaker, he was chosen class orator as a senior, and went on to become a distinguished educator and president of four educational institutions. He counted novelist Ralph Ellison among his many pupils.