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

2018

Calvin Baker '65 - Business Executive 

 

Peter Rogers '69 - Retired Judge

 

Larry Coles '77 - Business Executive 

 

Kimberly Fletcher '87 - Nonprofit Executive

 

Michelle Russell '99 - Educator 

 

Stephen Tyson, Jr. '07 - Nonprofit Executive

2017

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

2016

Donna Glover '76 - Nonprofit Executive 

 

Sylvester Cox '80 - Judge

 

Ricardo Rivers '93 - Business Executive

 

Nick Peterson '02 - Pastor 

2015

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

2014

Dr. Wanda Austin '75 – CEO, Aerospace

 

Horace Madison '88 - Entrepreneur

 

Dr. Donnell Butler '95 - Educator

 

Joaquim Hamilton '06 - Educator

2013

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

2012

Antony Mahn '65 - Retired TV Producer

 

Paula Dow '76 – Judge

 

Philip Salmon '88 – Business Executive

 

Dr. Erica Powell '94 – Physician

 

Aaron Bass '01 - Educator

Graduation Breakfast 

  • AAAC Grad Breakfast
  • AAAC Grad Breakfast
  • AAAC Grad Breakfast
  • AAAC Grad Breakfast
  • AAAC Grad Breakfast
  • AAAC Grad Breakfast

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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