About the AAAC 

The African American Alumni Council (AAAC) was founded in 1989.
Council membership is open to all Franklin & Marshall College students and graduates of color. The council likewise encourages supporters of F&M's community of color to join.

The AAAC embraces our collective responsibility to those who led the way among F&M’s community of color, and to those who will follow, both on campus and in the world at large.

Our council engages current students and alumni in a network that connects them to the College and each other through effective rewarding communication, programs and events.

The group also celebrates and promotes the rich history of F&M alumni of color by building upon meaningful traditions and dynamic accomplishments. In addition, the AAAC represents the interests and issues of alumni of color in the conversations that affect the current and future directions and conditions involving the F&M Community.

This year, we celebrate 70 years of African Americans at Franklin & Marshall College. Read more here

The Pioneers Club

In the fall of 1946, Dr. Sumner Bohee ’50, Franklin & Marshall’s first African American student, began his undergraduate studies at the College. Today, that pioneering spirit lives in students and alumni. The Council has created a giving society, The Pioneers Club, to honor the connection between student and alumni of color and the College. Follow the link to read more about the Pioneers Club

African American Alumni Council Executive Committee

Anthony Ross '91 – Chair

Shadoe Tarver '10 – Vice Chair

Dr. Cherise Hamblin Murphy '03 – Member

Michelle Russell '99 - Member

Video Spotlights 

2017 Commencement Address by Dr. Wanda Austin '75
Alumni Documentary: Nilaja Sun Gordon '96
Student Spotlight: Donnell Bailey (extended cut)
Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Bass '01

Bridgett Medal 

This honor is presented to Franklin & Marshall alumni of African descent for outstanding achievement in a chosen profession or endeavor. Mr. Bridgett is a dedicated F&M alumnus who, after becoming the second African American graduate of the College, served as a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force and went on to a distinguished career as an educator in the Lancaster area.

In addition, he is a founding member of the African American Alumni Council and a longtime supporter of the Black Student Union.

Alumni selected for the Bridgett Medal come from diverse personal and professional backgrounds, exerting influence and providing support in a wide range of areas including research studies and publications, leadership development, education, academic achievement, community service and the arts.

Bridgett Medal recipients provide positive examples to which current students can aspire, and they remind fellow alumni of our shared responsibility to ensure the continued vitality of F&M’s community of color.

The AAAC Executive Committee heartily commends the recipients of the Bridgett Medal, and it extends its most sincere thanks for their extraordinary work as well as the equally extraordinary manner in which they represent alumni of Franklin & Marshall College.

Past Recipients

Antony Mahn '65 - Retired TV Producer
  Paula Dow '76 – Judge
  Philip Salmon '88 – Business Executive
  Dr. Erica Powell '94 – Physician
  Aaron Bass '01 - Educator
Rev. Louis Butcher '65 – Clergy
  Louis Stewart '73 – Educator (posthumous)
  Donald Marsh '79 – College Basketball Coach
  Helen Cannady Saulny '83 – Educator
  Mo Butler '95 – Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Corey Booker
  Dr. Cherise Hamblin Murphy '03 – Physician
Dr. Wanda Austin '75 – CEO, Aerospace
  Horace Madison '88 - Entrepreneur
  Dr. Donnell Butler '95 - Educator
  Joaquim Hamilton '06 - Educator
Dr. Henry Wiggins '55 - Physician
  Anthony Williams '79 – PA State Senator
  Patricia Claybrook '84 – CEO, Jindan Cleaning
  Jinnie Cristerna '94 – Author and Columnist, JET Magazine
  Randy Wilkins '01 - Filmmaker
Donna Glover '76 - Nonprofit Executive 
  Sylvester Cox '80 - Judge
  Ricardo Rivers '93 - Business Executive
  Nick Peterson '02 - Pastor 
Charles Williams '66 - Partner in Law Firm
  LeRoy Pernell '71 - Educator
  Sharon Myrtice Johnson '82 - Retired, Manager of Sales
  Hilary Green '99 - Educator
  Marilise Hyacinth '03 - Psychiatrist


Graduation Breakfast 

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Since 1994, the African American Alumni Council has honored graduating seniors with a gift and a ceremony to welcome them officially to the alumni ranks. Graduating seniors join a very special group of more than 600 African and African American alumni. African American Alumni Council members, representatives of the Franklin & Marshall Alumni Association Board and other members of the College community join with family members to celebrate our newest alumni!

Explore photos from past breakfasts here! 


AAAC in the News

Project Celebrates 60 Years of the African American Experience at F&M

“Meeting each of the alumni and learning about their experiences at F&M was the best part of the project, especially meeting Sydney Bridgett,” Tigist Hailu '11 says. “It was great to hear the positive experience the alumni had at F&M..."

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African American Alumni Celebrate 25 Years of Affinity

"The hope was that students would benefit from the experiences of and guidance from a community that began with F&M’s first African-American graduate, Sumner Bohee Jr., M.D., ’50 and has continued with prominent national and community leaders..."  

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