On Wednesday night, Morristown-Beard Black alumni gathered on Zoom to support one another and connect.
With 21 alumni in attendance, they ranged from recent graduates (Class of 2019) to those who graduated more than 30 years ago (Classes of 1988 and 1989). The Class of 2005 had the largest turnout with five alumni in attendance.
The group discussed a range of topics including how everyone was faring in this unprecedented year and how MBS has prepared them for the “real world.” The conversation was lively and upbeat, with participants describing 2020 with words such as “intentional,” “blessed,” “transformational,” “exhausting,” “purposeful,” “chaotic,” and “grateful.” Many agreed that their MBS experience had prepared them well for college and beyond.
Eriqah Williams Vincent ’06, Afi Daitey ’05, and Aja Moore-Ramos ’06 — representatives from the recently formed Black Alumni Alliance — shared their group’s mission and encouraged attendees to get involved. Working in partnership with the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at MBS and the Associate Director of Alumni Relations, the goal of the MBS Black Alumni Alliance is to create a community that addresses the needs and concerns of all MBS students and alumni who identify as members of the African diaspora. The group is committed to building relationships that foster collaboration and a sense of belonging for Black students and alumni.
Everyone had a great time, and volunteer co-organizers BeLara Bryant Palmer ’98 and Alexis Anderson Webb ’98 closed out the program by wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season and encouraging Black alumni to leverage one another as mentors.
Be sure to stay connected on the MBS alumni networking portal, www.mbsconnect.net for details about the next Black Alumni event.