The University of Memphis Alumni Association's Black Alumni Chapter (BAC) is made up of dedicated members who support and promote the success of black students and alumni at the UofM. The BAC regularly hosts events for alumni and fundraise annually for the Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter Scholarship. For the 2022-2023 school year we were able to award $10,000 in scholarships to several deserving students because of your support!
On September 18, 1959, just before 8 a.m., eight African American students (Eleanor Gandy, Sammie Burnett Johnson, Marvis Kneeland Jones, Bertha Rogers Looney, Rose Blakney Love, Luther C. McClellan, Ralph Prater, and John Simpson) were escorted to their classes at then Memphis State University. At that moment, the group, later referred to as the Memphis State Eight, began a trailblazing journey by integrating one of the most prominent institutions of higher learning in the region. Today, black students make up more than one-third of the student body and participate in all campus activities. This year marks 63 years since the Memphis State 8 were admitted and paves the way for more Black Excellence at the now University of Memphis.
By donating to the Continuing Black Excellence campaign today, you are showing your support for the Black Alumni Chapter in our effort to provide more scholarships to current and future students and host more events that bring alumni back together!
On September 18, 1959 eight African American students began a trailblazing journey by integrating then Memphis State University.
63 years ago Eleanor Gandy, Sammie Burnett Johnson, Marvis Kneeland Jones, Bertha Rogers Looney, Rose Blakney Love, Luther C. McClellan, Ralph Prater, and John Simpson were escorted to their classes and began paving the way for the future of black students at then Memphis State University.
This year is the University of Memphis' 110th birthday. Celebrate the progress that has been made and the future that awaits our Tiger community.
Help the Black Alumni Chapter continue to foster black excellence for current and future students as well as the alumni that they work to bring together.
A contribution at this level solidifies your support of black excellence at the UofM and further cultivates the mission of the Black Alumni Chapter.