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Preview Events in 2021

CinemaScape: Terps Under the Stars
Saturday, June 19 | 6 p.m. EDT

Join us for the first and only in-person Black Alumni Weekend preview event of the year! Enjoy music, food and fun with your fellow Terps as we watch an outdoor movie together at Black Terp-owned Hennessy Creek in Brandywine, MD. This event will feature food trucks, music, and a wide-open space to connect with your fellow Terps. Once it gets dark, you can view the movie from your car or bring a blanket and chair to sit out on the lawn. 
Thursday, May 13 | 7 p.m. EDT
An alumni weekend would not be complete without art and music. While we are looking forward to seeing everyone on campus in 2022, the Black Alumni Weekend Steering Committee has brought together a talented group of Terps for a virtual night of the arts. Hosted by comedian Rick Younger '92, Terpscape will feature alumni musicians, dancers, and spoken word artists. 
Featuring performances from:
Wayne Bruce '83 and Spur of the Moment | Band
Chelsey Green '17 | Violinist & Vocalist
Tony Keith '03 | Spoken Word Artist
Ebony McSwain '12 | Dancer and Choreographer
Ariel O'Neal '16 | Guitarist
Erica Philpot '13 | Singer and Actress
Thursday, February 18 | 7 p.m. EST
“Say It Loud: A Black TERPspective" uncovers the past and present events that defined Black experiences at the University of Maryland. Highlighting #BlackTerps that blazed the trail for critical Black voices, such as the Black Student Union and #BlackTerpsMatter, the panelists will provide stories of triumph and struggle through the decades. This event is co-sponsored by UMBA and the Black Alumni Weekend Steering Committee.
George "Brak" Braxton '87 | Former NPHC President and Black Coalition Spokesman
Bobby McLeod | First BSU President
Saba Tshibaka ‘21 | Co-Founder of Black Terps Matter
Sandra Dawson Long Weaver '74 | Second Editor of The Black Explosion, founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists
Walt Williams '92 | Former UMD All-American basketball player and NBA veteran
Dr. Kim Nickerson | Assistant Dean for Diversity, Diversity Officer and Equity Administrator (Moderator)


  • Why has Black Alumni Weekend been postponed?
    • The university continues to actively monitor the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") outbreak and provide regular updates to our community. We all play a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and we are taking measures to better protect all Terps. The Alumni Steering Committee has decided to launch Black Alumni Weekend in 2022 when everyone can safely gather on campus. 
  • What are preview events?
    • Since alumni cannot gather on campus right now, the Alumni Steering Committee is planning numerous lead-up events in Spring 2021. These events will preview what alumni can expect during Black Alumni Weekend 2022. Events will be virtual for the time being, but will bring the spirit of Black Alumni Weekend to your homes. 
  • Who is involved with the planning of Black Alumni Weekend?
    • This initiative is being led by the Alumni Association and an Alumni Steering Committee. The Committee is made up of hard-working alumni that represent various industries, class years and undergraduate involvement. Student groups, schools & colleges, and offices from across campus will also be adding programming to Black Alumni Weekend. 
  • I would like to get more involved with this program OR I have a recommendation for a Black alumni-owned vendor
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Black Alumni Weekend Steering Committee 

  • Cassie Duah ‘05
  • Craig Harris ‘89
  • Anthony Johnson ‘10
  • Duane Wallace ‘13
  • Naa Koshie Bannerman ‘20
  • Jessica Jackson ‘05
  • Chelsea Brown ‘21
  • LaDedra Drummond ‘89
  • Maurice Nick ‘12
  • Alexandra Tyson ‘07
  • George (Brak) Braxton ‘87
  • Denise Joseph ‘92
  • Garlynn Parker ‘78