For the more than 700 alumni and guests in attendance, the Black Alumni Reunion was an emotional homecoming and milestone. There were heartfelt bear-hugs and raucous applause. There were thought-provoking panels. There were guest appearances from notable alumni like Debra Lee ’76 LHD’14 hon.; President Emerita Ruth Simmons LHD’12 hon.; and Lynn Nottage ’86 DFA’11 hon., P’20.
And, there was an ambitious call to action.
In the midst of the weekend, the Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC) announced a drive to create a new scholarship in honor of the Reunion and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Black Student Walkout of 1968. The IPC Brown Annual Fund Scholarship would provide financial aid for one exceptional black student over four years at Brown.