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Zoe Whitley '01 speaks in front of photographs displayed at "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum in September 2018.

On Sept. 14, 2018, Zoe Whitley ’01 celebrated “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” with fellow alumni and President Valerie Smith. 

SBAN is committed to extending network connections beyond Swarthmore's campus. Volunteers coordinate receptions around local alumni lectures or cultural offerings, regional College events, as well as ongoing social, cultural, and intellectual gatherings. 

Interested in hosting an event? Let us know by filling out this brief form, or contact Caitlin Halloran Edwards at

Upcoming Events

Review event information on SBAN's event calendar

Virtual BCC

Virtual Events are paused for the summer. We look forward to seeing you again in the fall!

SBAN Book Club

Seven Sisters and a Brother: Friendship, Resistance, and the Untold Truths Behind Black Student Activism in the 1960s
The Sunday, April 25 event is postponed, and we're looking at new dates in May. Stay tuned!

Our first book for the SBAN Book Club is by our very own Swarthmore Black alums: Marilyn Allman Maye '69, Harold S Buchanan '69, Jannette O. Domingo '70, Joyce Frisby Baynes '68, Marilyn Holifield '69, Myra E. Rose '70, Bridget Van Gronigen Warren '70, and Aundrea White Kelley '72. The book chronicles their story of the sit-in they staged to protest decreased enrollment and hiring of African Americans at Swarthmore College and demanding a Black studies curriculum. The book also includes autobiographical chapters, providing a unique cross-sectional view into the lives of young people during the civil rights era.

Panelists include Aundrea White Kelley '72, Marilyn Holifield '69, Myra Rose '70, and Harold Buchanan '69.

Past Events


May 28 - House Music Dance Party: Throwback Style feat. DJ T-Mixx '87 (Virtual BCC)

What: House Music Dance Party: Throwback Style!
When: Friday, May 28, 7:30 pm -9:30 pm ET
Where: Zoom Virtual (includes a “take-a-break” chat room)
Why: Because you need that House Music Fix!
Who:  DJ T-Mixx (Class of ’87)

April 30 - Virtual BCC

Friday, April 30

April 26 - SBAN Conversations: Black Storytelling in Art & Culture (recorded)

Monday, April 26
8-9:30 p.m. EDT

Black Storytelling in Arts & Culture is a panel conversation among Black Swarthmore alums who are using their professions to study and share meaningful narratives through film, television, autobiography, and scholarship. They will discuss how they approach their work, the role community plays in their craft, and the importance of telling Black stories.

Hosted by Hernease Davis '04. Featuring Brandy Monk-Payton '07, Clayvon Harris '88, Dawn Porter '88, and Tayarisha Poe '12.

Watch the recording.

April 22 - SBAN YA Panel: Navigating Career Paths & Adulting as a Black Swattie

Heard from a panel of young Black alumni who have begun establishing themselves in their careers on how to market yourself to potential employers, conquer networking, leverage your Swarthmore degree, and  the decisions they learned (not) to make in their first few years of adulting!

This event was for alumni from classes 2014-2020 and graduating seniors.

Hosted by Chinyere Odim '17 and Taylor Tucker '20. Panelists included Akure Imes '14 (Education), Al Brooks '16 (Law), Anise Charles '17 (Investments/Foundations), Lindsey Norward '18 (Humanities/Communications), and Ryan Greenlaw '15 (Nonprofits).

March 30 - Virtual BCC Kickoff

We're keeping the good vibes going with our first "Virtual BCC", a monthly casual happy hour to catch up with fellow alum. Bring your beverage of choice for music, Black trivia and conversations by decade.

March 20 - Virtual SBAN Town Hall (recorded)

SBAN's new co-chairs, Tim Harrison '87 and Nicole O'Dell Odim '88, and the rest of the executive committee introduced themselves, spoke about the future of SBAN, and shared some of our plans for the rest of the year. We used this opportunity to connect with each other and to welcome your ideas and input as we continue to evolve into an organization that uplifts, supports, and celebrates you and the entire Black Swarthmore community. Following the Q&A we broke into breakout rooms by decade.

Watch the Town Hall recording.


June - Alumni Weekend

While we weren't able to meet in person, many thanks to SBAN's Reunion Planning Committee for organizing a slate of panels and parties! 

March 22 - NMAAHC (Washington, D.C.) - cancelled due to COVID-19

In collaboration with the Alumni Council, group tickets were secured for a tour and faculty-led discussion through the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Originally scheduled for March 22, 2020 and canceled due to the pandemic.

March 7 - "Soul of  Nation: Art In the Age of Black Power" (San Francisco, CA)

In collaboration with the Alumni Council, alumni and friends enjoyed a tour of "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power," curated by Zoe Whitley '01 at the de Young museum. The docent-led tour was cancelled due to the beginning of the pandemic. 


Dec. 16 - Screening of Gideon's Army and panel discussion (New York City, NY)

SBAN hosted an all-alumni event in New York City focused on prison legal reform. After screening the 2013 documentary Gideon’s Army by filmmaker Dawn Porter ’88, a panel of experts moderated by Professor Keith Reeves ’88 discussed issues of educational access, the importance of voting and language choices, and how to support people who have been incarcerated.

Featured panelists: 

  • Dr. Keith Reeves '88, moderator

  • Dawn Porter '88,  filmmaker
  • Erin Corbett '99, CEO & founder of Second Chance Education Alliance 
  • Jarrell Davis,  founder of Justice Ambassadors Youth Council Program
  • Lucy Lang '03, executive director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College
  • Seth Steed '01,  managing attorney of the Criminal Defense Practice at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
June 1 - Alumni Weekend

SASS 50th Anniversary Commemoration
2–3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1
SBAN cosponsored event. Selections from Minding Swarthmore film, readings from upcoming book, and panel discussion with SASS founders.

Black Alumni Reception
9–11 p.m. on Saturday, June 1
 2019 Black Alumni Reception in honor of Alumni Weekend at the Black Cultural Center (Robinson House), including a performance of the original members of the acapella singing group Sophisticated Gents.



Nov. 11 - UnHinGeD (Washington, D.C.)

Has Washington got you down? Are you suffering from Beltway Blues? Are you feeling UnHinGED?  
Hosted by Timothy Harrison '87.

Sept. 14 - "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" (New York City, NY)

Members of the Swarthmore Community celebrated the opening of "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" by Zoe Whitley '01. 

June 26 - Summer in the City (New York City, NY)

A summer evening in the city at the home of Kip Davis '75, featuring special guest Keith Reeves '88

March 11 - "Front Room" (Baltimore, Md.)

"Front Room," an exhibition from Njideka Akunyili Crosby '04 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, followed by optional SBAN brunch. Hosted by Nicole O'Dell Odim '88

March 7 - Changing Lives, Changing the World  (Atlanta, Ga.)

SBAN pre-reception


SBAN Baltimore Group Picture March 2018

SBAN Baltimore Museum of Art Tour, March 2018

SBAN Baltimore Museum of Art Tour Docent
SBAN attendees look at work by Njideka Akyunili Crosby '04
An alum looks at Njideka Akunyili Crosby '04's art at the BMA
SBAN Alums gather in front Njideka Akunyili Crosby '04's art at the BMA
SBAN Attendees at Brunch
SBAN attendees gather over brunch
SBAN attendees at brunch
SBAN group photo at NYC reception

SBAN members gather during the June 2018 NYC Summer in the City reception.

SBAN Baltimore Museum of Art Tour, March 2018

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