A look into the origin/purpose of the Alumni Association
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURISeveral futile attempts had been made to organize the St. Louis Dunbar alumni into a chapter. It was not until after the very successful First Reunion of Classes in Detroit in 1973, that an enthusiastic group returned to St. Louis determined to be a well organized part of the National body.In September 1973, a meting was called by Mr. and Mrs. John Brown at the Royal Vagabond. Sixteen alumni attended. Officers elected were:•Willie B. Macon, President•Marjorie Coleman, Secretary•Henderson Smith, TreasurerThe group adopted as its purpose, “To serve the community and enjoy fellowship with each other.”Contributions were made to the United Negro College Fund and other charities. The chapter also compiled an Address Directory of all alumni throughout the country and made the book available at the Fifth Reunion of Class held in St. Louis in July, 1981.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTONOn January 23, 1977, the first meeting was held at the home of Leonard Burgess to organize a Seattle chapter of the National Dunbar Alumni Association. Membership was open to any persons who attended Dunbar High School and/or Dunbar Junior College.The first officers elected to serve the group were:•Leonard Burgess, President•Lois Butler, Secretary•Ed Holland, TreasurerOver the years, the chapter has contributed annually to the United Negro College Fund, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and other charitable organizations such as the Food Bank. The chapter works with American Legion Post #222 to sponsor boys and girls at Boys and Girls State. Here, the youth learn how to operate State Government. The chapter also worked with the Kiwanis (Puget Sound Club) to sponsor young people in the Oratorical Contest.The Seattle chapter hosted the Sixth Reunion of Classes in July, 1983