Alumni of Color Honor Eric Holder


Over two hundred and fifty Black, Latino and other alumni of Barnard and Columbia gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at a surprise party to honor former Attorney General Eric Holder, ‘73CC, ‘76 Law. The event to thank our friend and role model, and the nation’s first African American Attorney General, was coordinated by a large group of Eric’s classmates led by Steven Noah Sims ‘73CC, ‘75SW and Rachelle Viki Browne, Esq. ‘74 Barnard and drew alumni of several generations from across the country, including California, Oregon, Atlanta and New York.

The two-day gathering held at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel included White House tours for early registrants, the Saturday evening surprise party featuring old school favorites and an active dance floor, and an uplifting worship service Sunday morning led by Dr. Marilyn Sanders Mobley, ’74 Barnard, with a stirring sermon by The Reverend Dr. Lewis M. Anthony, ‘74CC.

Chairpersons Sims and Browne thanked the Dean’s Office of Columbia College for its generous support of the surprise party and acknowledged a number of special guests, including Columbia Trustee and Black Alumni Council Heritage Award recipient A’Lelia Bundles ‘76JRN, Director of Principle Gifts at Columbia James T. McMenamin, Jr., The Dean of Barnard College Avis E. Hinkson ’84 Barnard, Barnard Trustee Frances L. Sadler ‘72 Barnard, and Professor Quandra Prettyman, who has taught English and Africana Studies at Barnard College since 1970. The chairs also thanked Cynthia Wood and Barbara Wood Harrison ‘79TC of the Garland E. Wood Foundation for its support of the upcoming Black and Latino alumni reunion planned for summer 2016. Garland Wood, ‘65CC,‘72BUS, was a founder of the Black Alumni Council and recipient of the BAC Heritage Award.

The 2016 Barnard Columbia Jam, as the previous reunions of Black and Latino alumni from the 60s and 70s were called, will take place August 12, 13 and 14, 2016 on the Barnard and Columbia campuses and invites alumni of all schools and years, with participation from students and faculty. Alumni volunteers are organizing The Jam in partnership with Barnard Alumnae Relations, Columbia Alumni Association, and The Black Alumni Council. Registration, reunion hotel, events, and other information will be available in the coming weeks.

For more information email or contact Bruce King ‘74CC, Frances Sadler ’72 Barnard, Wayne Turner ‘77CC, Kevin Matthews ‘80CC or Zachary Husser ‘73CC.


(Eric Holder with event organizers, including Steve Sims on the left)



(Columbia Alumni on the White House Tour)