Stillman College to Host 141st Founders' Celebration Nov. 9-11

Stillman College will celebrate the 141st anniversary of its founding Nov. 9 – 11. The public is invited to the Nov. 9 convocation and other events that celebrate the theme, "Women Leaders: Charting New Levels of Excellence and Achievement."

“The week’s events will feature speakers who are some of our nation’s most accomplished women leaders,” said Stillman President Cynthia Warrick, the first female to serve as president at the private, historically black college. “All supporters of Stillman’s mission will be inspired by them.” 

Kicking off the week’s events is the 11 a.m. convocation in Birthright Alumni Hall, which features keynote speaker Stillman alumna Dr. Altheria Caldera. 

Sen. Vivian Davis Figures will be the guest speaker for Thursday’s, Nov. 9, President’s Luncheon. On Nov. 10, Brigadier General (ret.) Belinda Pinckney will speak at a Women Veterans prayer breakfast prior to a panel discussion on women leaders and military veterans that morning. 

On the morning of Nov. 10, a summit on women and girls’ empowerment will be held on campus, and that evening, a gala honoring “Alabama Female Firsts” featuring U.S. Congresswomen Terri Sewell, among other women leaders, will be held at UA’s Bryant Conference Center. 

Stillman Director of Alumni Affairs Jean Wilson-Sykes is organizing the week’s events. She noted that the college’s mission, a dedication to serve the common good, is as worthwhile now as when the college was started by Presbyterian minister Charles Allen Stillman in the late 19th century. 

“We celebrate our community of scholarship and the force the college has created for positive change both in the city of Tuscaloosa and throughout the nation,” said Wilson-Sykes, a Stillman College alumna.  To purchase tickets and for event listings, go to 

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