AVBA Celebrates 25 Years

AVBA-Reunion-photoA yearlong slate of activities celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni (AVBA) culminates Oct. 15–17 during Reunion and Homecoming Weekend.

Bishop Walker

Bishop Walker

The events kick off Thursday, Oct. 15, with a welcome mixer at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, and will continue on Friday with a presentation, “Lost in the Ivy,” by Rosevelt Noble Jr., BS’97, PhD’03, director of the Workforce Investment Act for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and a former Vanderbilt sociology professor. Calvin Baldwin, BE’98, CEO and founder of EA Consultants, a Web-site design and online marketing firm in Durham, N.C., will then moderate an alumni/student panel discussion, “Life as a Vanderbilt Alum.”

Later Friday evening, guests will gather in the ballroom of the Student Life Center for cocktails before an AVBA recognition banquet featuring Bishop Joseph Warren Walker III, MDiv’92, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Nashville.

Following Saturday morning’s annual AVBA business meeting, members will man AVBA’s Homecoming parade float, join other alumni at the pre-game tailgate, and cheer for the ’Dores as they take on the Georgia Bulldogs.

For more information, visit the AVBA Web site or e-mail carolyn.dunlap@vanderbilt.edu.

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