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LGBTQIA+ Celebrated During Spelman’s Inaugural Lavender Brunch

October 2019

Homecoming Lavender Brunch 2019Spelman students celebrated more than Homecoming last week. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the College became the second HBCU to host the Lavender Brunch, a special event for the LGBTQIA+ campus community. The brunch, an event organized by the Office of Student Life and Engagement and sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, is a replica of national gatherings with the same name. President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., attended the brunch and recognized Afrekete, Spelman’s LGBTQIA+ organization and Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., C'66, founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper professor of women's studies, for their work towards inclusivity at Spelman.

Leslie Hall, director of HRC’s HBCU Program, called Spelman a special place and the brunch revolutionary. “Storms don’t always come to disrupt our lives. Storms sometimes come to move the trash out of the way so that new things can grow,” he said. “The route that many of you are taking will bring storms. That is okay. Allow those storms to move folks out of the way, and make space for you to share all of the benefits of your time building community at Spelman.”

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