Class of 2011 Reunion This year as part of the homecoming activities held October 21-23, the class of 2011 celebrated their 5-year reunion! The class was well represented in their return to campus. Their creative shirts displayed the message "Some Have A Story...We Have a Legacy". This theme was very fitting with the larger objective of the Legacy Lounge inside the Black Cultural Center, which many of the alumni got to tour for the first time.
In 2007, I started a research project entitled, Lost In The Ivy. The project focused on documenting the history and experience of Black students, faculty, and staff at Vanderbilt University. The early work on the project focused overwhelmingly on contacting older Black alumni to recover and preserve as much of the past as possible before it was forever lost. However, to ensure that I did not miss the historical significance of the present and future, in August 2007, I trained a team of students to serve as "visual historians" by taking photographs and video footage of essentially every Black event that happened on campus. I honestly was not prepared for the volume of photos that the students would go on to take. In their first two years, the students recorded over 30,000 pictures! Unfortunately, these images were not publicly displayed and only lived in catalogs on my computer. In 2009, after several requests, this website was launched as part of the Lost in the Ivy research project. Roughly 9 years later, the website contains over 210,000 images from approximately 35 different student photographers. The website provides an avenue to showcase student work, keep alumni informed of what's happening on campus, and provide current students with a visual record of the historical mark that they are leaving on the Vanderbilt campus through the experiences and memories they create!
Congratulations baby sister,may the Good God keep elevating you,Amen.We your father`s family,will like to know you more better,you are part of us.
Bianca, congratulations on your academic accomplishment. To God be the glory. Thanks for working so hard to distinguish yourself. May our good Lord continues to guide and strengthen you in all things now and always, amen. Charles Duruji
Sharda C. Fields(non-registered)
Sharda I am so very grateful to God for allowing me to parent you. I could not have chosen a better daughter had I hand picked you myself. You are a leader, a lover of the Lord, a daughter, sister and friend. Thank you for taking the world by the horns and being who God called you to be. You will go far in life and I'm happy to tag along.