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May 23, 2024
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The League History

THE LEAGUE, an umbrella organization of Black Ivy Alumni, was established December 3, 1998 when representatives from several universities' alumni associations came together committed to developing the concept and community.

THE LEAGUE is hoping to establish itself as the alumni network for Black Ivy Leaguers, hosting substantive programs, developing scholarship funds, promoting black businesses and leadership, all while fostering a community within and beyond our alumni base. In essence, if our goals are realized we have the potential to emerge as an influential and powerful organization. Despite our short history, this potential has just begun to be tapped through a series of successful events and newly established corporate relationships.

On April 22, 1999 we held our first mixer at the Penn Club, which was well attended by over 180 alumni from all universities and a range of classes. Subsequently we hosted a LEAGUE party July 17, 1999 with about 300 alumni present. On October 29, 1999, we had the honor of being addressed by LEAGUE alumnus member Mr. Hugh Price, President of the National Urban League at our Fall Event. In keeping with our mission, we also had alumni come to promote their businesses. Due to great participation and enthusiasm, word has spread and allowed for THE LEAGUE to be recognized as a pool of talented and dedicated Black professionals. As a result, THE LEAGUE was invited to attend mixers hosted by Fletcher Asset Management and Goldman Sachs & Co., respectively. On September 14, 2000 THE LEAGUE hosted a mixer at the Barbara Greene Fine Art Gallery, owned by LEAGUE alumnus Barbara Greene. Most recently in lieu of the U.N. World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance that took place in Durban, South Africa, THE LEAGUE coordinated a panel on May 8, 2001 to address "African, African-American, Afro-Latino, and Caribbean: Collective Community or Not?" In an effort to affect the greater community, all were invited to attend this highly informative and enlightening discussion moderated by Mr. Hugh Price.

We aim to continue on this path, hosting quality events of interest to our alumni and the greater community. We understand the breath and depth of our alumni base and all the varied interests therein, thus we plan to host a diverse offering of events of a social, cultural, to an economic and political focus. Moreover, we hope to develop further relationships with corporate entities, but also other like minded non-profit organizations.

All we ask is for your continued support, through leadership, participation and at the very least attendance. Help us lay the foundation of an organization with stamina, integrity, and influence. Be a part of our history.


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