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Celebrating Black Excellence Kick-Off Event

September 19, 2019

Celebrating Black Excellence

Please join colleagues and friends for a catered barbecue lunch as we begin this academic year dedicated to Celebrating Black Excellence: Honoring Our Past, Imagining Our Futures

Friday, September 27, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Trotter Lawn 

Please note that Sharples and other dining facilities will be closed in order for all members of the community to join in this celebration.*

With this lunch, we officially kick off the year—watch my video!—in which we recognize the 50th anniversary of the Black Cultural Center, the 50th anniversary of the Black Studies Program, and the 25th anniversary of the Chester Children’s Chorus, among other important anniversaries. As we honor these milestones and the contributions of the black community at Swarthmore throughout our history, we remember what lies at the heart of Swarthmore’s mission: the promise of a broad education enriched by diverse perspectives that help educate and enlighten our students. 

In addition to this community event, I invite you to visit the BCC’s 50th anniversary exhibit in McCabe, attend next Monday’s panel discussion featuring directors of several black cultural centers, and explore other events and features described in more detail at

I hope to see you there! 

Valerie Smith