10/17 – BAC Homecoming Celebration


If you have not attended the annual Black Alumni Council (BAC) Homecoming, you are missing the largest annual get-together of Columbia’s Black alumni from all schools and generations.

We hope you can make this year’s event on Saturday, October 17 at Providence in
New York City.

Come for food, cocktails, and conversation—and music and dancing, too! In addition to alumni, there will be many faculty members, administrators, and Black student leaders in attendance.

The BAC looks forward to seeing you.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 7:30–10:30 p.m.
Location: Providence, 311 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Price in advance:

  • $20 students
  • $50 alumni and guests

Price at the door:

  • $30 students
  • $70 all others

The price includes a buffet dinner, three-hour premium open bar, music, and dancing.
Please note: due to Columbia’s alcohol policy, only students 21 and over may attend.

Judge rules stop and frisk violated rights, CC grad to monitor NYPD



OVERSIGHT | The New York Police Department’s 26th Precinct in Manhattanville. Local politicians applauded a decision by a federal judge that appointed a monitor of the department. BY CASEY TOLAN, AVANTIKA KUMAR,?Spectator Senior Staff Writers,?August 12, 4:14pm

A federal judge ruled on Monday that the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk policy violated the constitutional rights of minorities, a major victory for Upper Manhattan politicians, who have unanimously opposed the controversial tactic.

While Judge Shira Scheindlin did not order the end of the controversial practice, in which police officers stop people they suspect may commit a crime and frisk them for illegal weapons or drugs, she appointed lawyer?Peter Zimroth, CC ’63, as a federal monitor for the NYPD, and called for several other checks on the department.


12/12 – General Body Meeting

Join us for our monthly General Body meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 6:45pm to 8:15pm at the Columbia Alumni Center located at 622 West 113th Street, New York, NY 10025.


To participate via conference call, please dial-in:
domestic: 1-877-228-3600
international: 1-719-457-0862
passcode: 839904#

Bollinger Wins Harlem Renaissance With Columbia Chasing Harvard

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, in New York. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Bloomberg News

By Michael McDonald on April 26, 2012

Lee Bollinger had yet to take over as president of Columbia University in 2002 when he toured a largely industrial area about 10 blocks north of the historic campus on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Columbia, the fifth-oldest U.S. college, was scouting new sites to expand as it outgrew its century-old, Beaux-Arts home in Morningside Heights. Traveling past faded warehouses, auto shops and scattered apartments above 125th Street in West Harlem, Bollinger could see the ideal location for a modern urban campus, stretching from the elevated subway line on Broadway with its monumental steel trestles to the West Side Highway next to the Hudson River.

“It was an area that I think was beautiful but nobody else thought it was beautiful,” Bollinger, 65, said in an interview last month. “Lots and lots of people said to me why would you move there? It’s ugly.”


Xerox CEO Ursula Burns MS’82 ME to Speak at Class Day


Ursula Burns, CEO Xerox

The leadership organizations of both undergraduate and graduate students at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University are pleased to announce today that alumnae Ursula M. Burns, chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation, will be the keynote speaker for Columbia Engineering’s Class Day ceremony, which will be held on May 14, 2012. The Engineering Senior Class Council, representing undergraduates, and the Engineering Graduate Student Council, representing MS, PhD, and professional degree students, jointly selected Ms. Burns as their graduation speaker for 2012.

Burns, who earned her M.S. in mechanical engineering in 1982 from Columbia Engineering, was named chief executive officer of Xerox in 2009 and, shortly after, made the largest acquisition in Xerox history—the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services, catapulting the company’s presence in the $500 billion business services market and extending its reach into diverse areas of business process and IT outsourcing. In 2010, she became chairman of the company, which has 140,000 people serving clients in more than 160 countries.

2/17 – NYC – “Panther Baby” – Meet the Author – Columbia Professor Jamal Joseph

hits bookstores 2/7/12

(PANTHER • POET •PROFESSOR• PRISONER • OSCAR NOMINEE) Professor Joseph will be making stops throughout the country for readings of his new book  Panther Baby. In Panther Baby, which will be released in February, Professor Joseph details what it meant to be a soldier inside the militant Black Panther movement. He recounts a harrowing, sometimes deadly imprisonment as he charts his path to manhood—a path which eventually brought him back to Columbia University.


Los Angeles, CA
Eso Won Books – 7:30pm, Thursday, February 9
4331 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Seattle, WA
Town Hall co-sponsored by University Bookstore – 7:30pm, Monday, February 13
1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Boise, ID
Rediscovered Bookshop – 7:30pm, Tuesday, February 14
7079 W Overland Road, Boise, ID 83709

Washington, DC
Politics & Prose – 7pm, Thursday, February 16
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

New York, NY
Columbia University Miller Theater – 6:30pm, Friday, February 17
2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Schomburg Center – 1pm, Saturday, March 3
515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037

Greenlight Bookstore – 7:30pm, Monday, February 27
686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Hue Man Bookstore – 6pm, Monday, March 5
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10027

KGB Bar – 7pm, Tuesday, March 6
85 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Free Library – 7:30pm, Tuesday, February 21
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Chicago, IL
Afri-Ware Books – 5pm, Wednesday, February 22
440 South Ridgeland Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

Chicago Public Library – 6pm, Thursday, February 23
Herald Washington Library Center
400 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60615

Miami, FL
Books and Books – 8pm, Thursday, March 8
265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Cables, FL 33134

Atlanta, GA
Eagle Eye Books – 1pm, Saturday, March 10
2076 N Decatur Road, Decatur, GA

Charter Founder Is Named Education Commissioner


The New York Times

Published: May 16, 2011

John B. King Jr., who credits teachers for helping him surmount an isolated childhood as an orphan in Brooklyn and who ran celebrated charter schools in New York and Massachusetts, was named Monday as the state’s next education commissioner, with a unanimous vote of the Board of Regents.

At 36, Dr. King, who previously served as deputy commissioner, will be among the nation’s youngest educational leaders, though he had been the clear front-runner since the current commissioner, David M. Steiner, announced in April that he would resign.

After losing both of his parents to illness by age 12, Dr. King earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard, a law degree from Yale and a doctorate in education from Columbia. In between, he co-founded Roxbury Prep, a top charter middle school in Massachusetts; led Uncommon Schools, a network of charters based in New York; and married and had two daughters.

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6/12 – Harlem’s Historic Mount Morris Park

Don’t miss this day full of history & inspiration

The 22nd Annual Mount Morris Park House Tour
Sunday, June 12, from 11 AM to 4 PM
Everything begins at the Tour Start:
Pelham Fritz Community Center
Mount Morris Park West & West 122 Street

We are celebrating 40 years as New York City’s 19th neighborhood to be recognized of the over 125 since 1965 when Mayor Robert Wagner established the Landmarks Preservation Commission in response to New Yorkers’ growing concern that important historic, aesthetic, and cultural elements of the city’s history were being lost.    The Self-Guided Walking Tour takes guests inside 12 original and renovated brownstone homes, fascinating urban live/work apartments, a renown museum, a beautiful community garden and a landmark church.  Guided Architectural Walking Tours are scheduled throughout the day, as well as a tour through Marcus Garvey Park up to the Acropolis where the 154-year-old, landmarked, cast iron Harlem Fire Watchtower still stands.Inside & Intimate in Historic Harlem guided tours take guests inside three extraordinary homes in the Mount Morris Park Historic District that are not on the regular tour and are ordinarily strictly private.Harlem’s Mount Morris Park community is rich with long-time residents as well as newcomers from all over the world. One of the homes featured this year will be hosted by a Harlem denizen and her family — a near-centenarian who tells stories of the times she, her family and neighbors “stood in front of bulldozers” to protect the then city-owned buildings from being demolished. Another resident will share how she’s turned her home into a “music and mentoring house” for the next generation of opera singers.  History in Motion… Don’t miss this once a year chance to step inside the special places that highlight the community’s shared culture of honoring the past, celebrating the present and preparing for the future.

Reserve tickets in advance and save 20%!

 HarlemSubways: A, B, C, D, 2, 3, and 4, 5, & 6 to 125th Street. Buses: M1, M7 and M102 




5/26 – Celebration of the Life of Dr. Manning Marable

Dr. Manning Marable
(May 13, 1950 – April 1, 2011)
Scholar, Activist, Mentor

Event Date:
Thursday, May 26, 2011 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Columbia University Roone Arledge Auditorium at Lerner Hall

The public is invited to attend a Celebration of the Life of Dr. Manning Marable on
Thursday May 26, 2011 at 5:30pm
on the Morningside Campus of Columbia University
Roone Alredge Auditorium, Lerner Hall (115th Street & Broadway)



Sponsor A Gift For A Graduating Senior In Honor of Manning Marable *SOLD OUT!*


 **BOOKS HAVE SOLD OUT! Thank You For Your Support!!**

Black Alumni Council Book AwardsSponsor Gift Books for Seniors Honoring Professor Manning Marable (1950-2011)
The M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African American StudiesMalcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
By Manning Marable
Viking Press 2011
Through your generosity each graduating senior attending Black Graduation (Tu., May 17 6pm, Union Theological Seminary, 121st St. & Bdwy) will receive a copy of Professor Marable’s latest and perhaps greatest work.Please support one or more book gifts by June 1, 2011.For questions, please email Kevin Matthews ’80CC at km8@columbia.eduTo send a check, please send to:
Jaclyn Chu
Assistant Director for International Alumni Relations
Office of Alumni and Development
Columbia University
622 West 113th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10025Check payable to: Columbia University
Memo: Black Alumni Book Award