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Celebrating Black Excellence at Swarthmore College: Honoring Our Past, Imagining Our Futures

President Valerie Smith has dedicated the 2019-20 academic year to honoring and celebrating the contributions of Black Swarthmoreans, interrogating a complicated history, and marking significant anniversaries. Learn more.

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The Black Liberation 1969 Archive chronicles the history of the Black student protest movement at Swarthmore College.

Deondre Jordan '19 - Meet Swarthmore

The more you reach into Swarthmore and take all it has to offer, the more it will reach back to touch and transform your life.

Deondre Jordan '19


Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins spoke on campus in an event called “Beyond the Field”, discussing activism, athletics, and empowerment in the modern political era. Jenkins was joined onstage by Assistant Professor of sociology & anthropology and Black studies Nina Johnson. 

Malcolm Jenkins and Nina Johnson

Emma Morgan-Bennett '20 delievers the opening remarks at the “Beyond the Field” event.


The alumni authors of “Seven Sisters and a Brother: Friendship, Resistance, and Untold Truths Behind Black Student Activism in the 1960s” spoke about their book, which captures student experiences during the 1969 sit-in at Swarthmore.

7 Sisters

Members of Environmental Services (EVS) commemorated Black History Month as part of the College’s yearlong Celebration of Black Excellence

Don Mizell

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