September 13, 2018

Reflect and engage with Af-Lat-Am alumni

Alumni celebrate the legacy of groundbreaking student organization

Advancing the Engagement of Af-Lat-Am alumni is a conversation series kicked off this summer gathered in New York. Joined by Linda Carter Griffith, assistant head of school for equity, inclusion and wellness, and Jenny Savino P’21, director of alumni engagement, the group set the stage for additional conversations in other cities. The group’s work is inspired by the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Af-Lat-Am. Enjoy these reflective and energizing moments from that weekend and stay tuned for invitations to conversations across the country.

Andover magazine

In the Summer 2018 issue of Andover magazine, seven alumni reflect on their experiences with Af-Lat-Am, sharing how their involvement shaped their lives at Andover and beyond, as well as their hopes for the future of the organization. 

A brotherhood. A sisterhood. A place to share similar predilections in food, music, and dance. A place to feel comfortable, and sometimes challenged. A place to share triumphs and tragedies.

Af-Lat-Am has meant many things to many alumni. Fifty years ago, during the height of the Civil Rights movement, a group of black students gathered to discuss the myriad issues that impacted students of color. They met in dorm rooms, in Commons, and wherever else they could when free time allowed. The group eventually codified themselves as the Afro-American Society, and in the spring of 1968, spurred on by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., they became an official student organization.

On April 27-29, 2018 the Andover community gathered to celebrate fifty years of Af-Lat-Am. Hafsat Abiola '92 delivered the keynote address to kick-off the weekend, then Saturday was packed with panels, discussions, the unveiling of the new Af-Lat-Am table, an alumni-student basketball game, a SLAM performance and dinner in the Snyder Center. 


Watch the entire weekend unfold from the keynote address with Hafsat Abiola ’92 to the celebratory dinner in the Snyder Center. 

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