Time Gone By: A Half-Century of IBAA Memories

Fifty years ago, several University of Iowa alumni met for an informal picnic at the home of the late McKinley “Deacon” Davis in Rockford, Ill. Their plan was simple—spend a day catching up with old friends and reflecting about their time together at the UI during the early 1950s. Stories were told and old friendships were rekindled. As the day came to an end, they agreed that they should organize an official group and begin to meet in a more formal setting.

That picnic marked the beginning of the Iowa Black Alumni Association (IBAA). Today, the IBAA has grown from about 20 original participants to an active membership of more than 300 alumni. With the UI as its common bond, the IBAA strives to acknowledge and recognize black students and alumni for their achievement and service.

Come join us in Iowa City this April 19-21 to celebrate the Iowa Black Alumni Association’s 50 years of friendship, camaraderie, and educational opportunities. The reunion committee has created a fantastic weekend for you to mingle with old friends and meet new ones, participate in valuable workshops, tour the ever-changing campus, and renew your ties with the University of Iowa. We hope to see you here for this special occasion! Deadline to register is Friday, March 15.

For more information or to register, click here.

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