UGA Black Alumni E-Newsletter - Fall 2022
Letter from Jacinta Smith (BS '01, MS '04)
President of the Black Alumni Leadership Council
This fall, a new residence hall opened in honor of the first African American students to enroll as freshmen and graduate. The opening coincides with the 60th anniversary of the year Harold Alonza Black (BBA '66), Mary Blackwell Diallo (AB '66, MA '73) and Kerry Rushin Miller (BS '66) enrolled as freshman. A dedication ceremony was held on Aug. 4 and Black-Diallo-Miller Hall welcomed its first residents on August 12. There are 525 first-year students living in the residence hall this fall.
The Black Alumni Scholarship Fund is supporting four new students this academic year, bringing the total number of scholars to eight. Through these scholarships, members of the 1961 Club are removing barriers to education and keeping the doors open for students to attain a quality education.
"As an undergraduate, I received an alumni scholarship. It is vital that we ensure the next generation has more opportunities than we had. I was thankful for the alumni that gave towards my scholarship then, and I am proud to be part of the future for current undergraduates."
-Arlando Dawson (AB ’93)
The Black Alumni Leadership Council invites you to join fellow Bulldogs on Saturday, October 15 for the annual Black Alumni Homecoming Tailgate on Myers Quad. Fellowship, music, and dancing will begin at 12:30 pm. See you there!
Renowned artist Richard Wilson has been commissioned to paint several portraits for UGA, including three portraits for the lobby of the Black-Diallo-Miller residence hall.
Harold Rittenberry Jr. was there the day Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes arrived at UGA. Now, he's crafting benches in honor of the pioneers through funding from the Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity and Community.
UGA Trailblazer, Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ '63) releases the hardcover edition of her newest book on October 11. "My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives" shares her lifelong commitment to reporting on Black people in their fullness as people. The book can be purchased on Amazon.
Hayden Swank has been on the racetrack since the age of 7. Now in his third year at UGA, Swank is able to combine what he learns in the classroom with his experience on the track. Take a look into his life behind the wheel.
Lavendar Harris, a senior pursuing a degree in wildlife sciences, analyzes thousands of images to understand the affect of urbanization on Athens-area wildlife.
Through her role as director of product development at PATTERN Beauty, Akuba Torvikey (AB '05) is working to make Black hair not only accepted but celebrated. "When it comes to Black women, hair is an expression of how we feel," said Torvikey.
Six UGA students and four staff members received scholarships and awards during the Black Faculty and Staff Organization’s 2022 Founders’ Award Scholarship Ceremony, held Sept. 21.
Darigg Brown (BSEH '00) committed to his mission of addressing inequities that factor into teen and adult substance abuse during his time at UGA. Now, he leads a team that evaluates public health prevention programs.
Mary Frances Early (MMED '62, EDS '67) became UGA's first African American graduate on Aug. 16, 1962. On the 60th anniversary of her graduation, a luncheon was held in honor of this achievement. Check out this video for more on Early's story.
Beau Shell, also known as the Lil' Ice Cream Dude, has been sharing his frozen treats with people on and around campus for years. But when he stepped foot on campus this fall it was under a different title: first-year student.
Named for the year of desegregation at the University of Georgia, the 1961 Club is a special group of donors who are committed to ensuring undergraduate student success.
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