Audrey and Me, Class of ‘72: Audrey Demps Franklin, Interim VP for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director, Alumnae Affairs, Bennett College Global Learning Center
August 30, 2015
Yesterday afternoon the Bennett College Student Government Association, SGA, sponsored and hosted the 1st Annual Alumnae All White Social in the Global Learning Center from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Upon arrival, we were greeted by student Belles attired in white, who welcomed us warmly, guided us to the sign-in table and ushered us into the multi-purpose room. This event started at 2:30 with officers of the SGA presiding. We began with chants student Belles have created for Alma Mater Bennett – okay, so they do chants, we did songs. Sekinah Hamlin taught The Preference Song and while we used paper napkins, all was enthusiastically received. During the Alumnae Roll Call all decades from 1950 to the 20-teens were represented – WOW!!! We played games: Name That President and Belle Bingo. Cheryl Edwards, Mighty Class of ’72 won!!! Yay!!! We also did what all sisters do when they get together, we shared secrets, “I never ever….
- Climbed to the top of Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel and took in the view from the spire….
- Climbed in or out of a dorm window to go to a party…
- Went to a party in the Apache Apartments…
- Hitchhiked on Gorrell Street for a ride to a party…
- Got caught at a club where someone announced, If you’re a student at Bennett College, your curfew has just passed and so and so is waiting to take you back to campus…
We shared reminisces…from Nurse Trammel’s fried chicken and cinnamon buns to a ride from Greensboro to Washington, DC with Dr. Lucier sans radio and music. We met this year’s SGA officers. Each student Belle was asked to meet another student she didn’t know. They then visited our tables and met us. We bonded….we really bonded and the event was so tastefully and beautifully done. These young women are poised for success: they’re imaginative, bold, eager to establish relationships with us, and excited about the future. Many of the alums I spoke with expressed the hope that this event will continue…certainly our little sisters are worth the investment of time. I’m going to forward other photos via a separate email.
To my sisters who live within a fifty mile radius of the campus – do plan to attend the next SGA-Alumnae function. Our student Belles have taken the all-important step of bridging the gap between us and them and they’ve done it with loving care and lots of class. We all aspired to become alums, let’s give them the same support. We closed out our time together with a student-alumnae Soul Train Line and frankly, it was awesome…I’m gonna jump in next time…
Oh, and by the way, this year’s Freshwoman class of 2019 comprises 159 young women…We are growing. Let’s continue to support Bennett with our time, talent, and treasure. Our students’ successes are our successes.
Yours in sisterhood,
Class of ‘72
Only the black woman can say, “When and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole Negro race enters with me.”
Anna Julia Cooper
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