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In 1976, a small group of Black alumni decided to organize a reunion of black graduates of the University of Michigan. The idea for the event grew out of recognition that if Black Alumni were to continue to be a part of their alma mater, we would need them to return to the University in greater numbers and become active in the affairs of the Alumni Association and the University (AAUM). This group of committed alumni coordinated an annual event that became known as the Annual All-Class Reunion of Black Graduates (RBG) of the University of Michigan. After several years of continued success and growth, the event has become the pinnacle event of the organization. The event occurs every year during the U-M Homecoming Weekend. Seeing the success of the RBG, other Black alumni-inspired initiatives and activities began to ensue. One of the most notable of these initiatives is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund, which was created to help defer tuition cost and recognize the academic excellence of high school seniors who have been accepted to University of Michigan. Active involvement of Black Alumni in student recruitment and mentorship programs were also integral to the growth of the organization. In 1994, there was a reorganization of the group. The AAUM officially recognized and incorporated the organization as a Special Interest Affiliate. From this point, the group would be known as African American Alumni Council (AAAC). They governed under this name until 2014. Recognizing that U-M has Black alumni from around the world, the group decided that University of Michigan Black Alumni was a more befitting name that was all-inclusive and better represented the alumni demographic that we serve. Black alumni around the world continue to build on the tradition of commitment and leadership.

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It gives me great pleasure to announce our 2022 Board Members. We thank you all for agreeing to share your talents to take UMBA to the next level. What started as the Reunion of Black Graduates in 1976 has transformed into the University of Michigan Black Alumni (UMBA), a volunteer-based organization that aims to foster communication, fellowship, and professional development of present and future Black Alumni of U of M. From very few to the tens of thousands of us who have since graduated from the University of Michigan, we are the largest living alumni body of any public university. I would like to give special thanks to our Homecoming Committee Co-Chairs, Eugene Kelly, George Davis and Susan Holmes-Walker, PhD, RN and to all of the committee members that made this homecoming possible. As we plan for our upcoming Annual Meeting (October 22, 2022 @ 1:00 PM), our collective goal is operationalize this year's motto - I AM UMBA! We hope all UMBA Alumni will embrace this concept and we look forward to an awesome Homecoming weekend and an amazing year. A'Lynne Boles Dukes Chair, University of Michigan Black Alumni

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I.D. JEGEDE AGENCY OWNER COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING U of M Class of 1992

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YVONNE PORTER DISTRICT MANAGER College of Literature, Science, & the Arts U of M Class of 1984

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URBAN TAILGATE

October 29, 2022 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Key Club 1440 Franklin Detroit, MI 48207

General Admission: $25 in advance $30 at the door VIP Admission: $65/person all access pass. VIP Booths Available

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Shay Lavender College of LS & A U of M Graduate

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Shay Lavender’s debut novel "Canceled" follows ShaMaya Jackson as she starts her first professional job in the undergraduate admissions office at her alma mater, Oakwood University, outside of her hometown, Detroit. As the sole Black person on staff, she’s challenged when white students pursue legal action against the office claiming discrimination in the review process and being denied admission for less qualified Black students. After a video of ShaMaya declaring Black people’s rights to Oakwood’s campus in a dispute with white alumni at a football game goes viral—she gains fame overnight. Finding herself in the middle of a racial divide on campus and her office’s political agenda, ShaMaya is put into a position to choose between the demands of her job and sudden designation as a social justice warrior. "Canceled" is a story of a young Black woman trying to establish herself in a world where her intersections create conflict in the different spaces that she occupies.

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Author Alicia Curry of Exposed: Nevertheless She Persisted is the true definition of new beginnings. Exposed reveals, in heartbreaking detail, how the systems that run our local schools and governments can be used to shield aggressors and foster a culture of harassment and abuse. Throughout her successful career as a school counselor, Alicia Curry earned the respect of her students and colleagues. Be sure to purchase her book to see how it took the fight of her life to find freedom from a hostile work environment and secure a future for herself and her young daughter.

Alicia Curry, Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Author, and Speaker

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