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African American Alumni Association

African American Alumni Association

Who we are

The African American Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University was officially established in October 2009. The Association elected its officers and board of directors, as well as began populating their committees during Alumni Weekend 2010.

Its purpose is to provide support and networking opportunities to African American alumni of Case Western Reserve University. The Association shall provide a forum for the University to recruit students and foster friendship among persons who have been connected with Case Western Reserve University.

Get Involved/Contact Us

For additional information on how to get involved with the association, please contact

Want to see who else is involved with the African American Alumni Association? ‌AAAA Membership Roster.

Also, join the African American Alumni Association on Facebook!

AAAA Newsletter Archives

Officers and Board of Directors

President: Linda Sharpe-Taylor (WRC '78)
Vice President:
Vera Perkins Hughes (WRC '76)
Secretary: Marian Bryant (CWR '10)
Treasurer: Ernestine Patterson, (NUR '98, GRS '03)

Board Members:

Sharon Jordan-Davis (CWR '97, MNO '00)
Debra Lewis-Curlee (WRC '74)
John Patton (WRC '75)
David Smith (WRC '75)
Mark Smith (WRC '75)
Tiarra Thomas (CWR '12)
Melvin Washington (CAS '89)
Linda Wheatt (FSM ’72, GRS ’77)

Reach Back — Raise Up

We are pleased to announce the official launch of Reach Back—Raise Up, a pledge drive to support the legacy of African American achievement at CWRU.

Pledge drive to support Minority Students

Over 84 percent of all undergraduate students will receive some type of financial aid. Providing scholarships to students allows CWRU to be as competitive as possible in recruiting the most academically qualified students, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Join us in celebrating our past and investing in their future. Support this worthy and ambitious effort! Learn more.

To see pictures from African American Alumni Assocation events, visit our Flickr site.