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The Washington (DC) Fisk Alumni Association Sponsors a Fundraiser, “Jubilee,” at Arena Stage, May 26, 2019

The Washington Fisk Alumni Association mem­bers invit­ed Fiskites and friends to join them on Sunday, May 26, at the Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC  20024, for din­ner at 5:30 p.m., fol­lowed by the play “Jubilee,” an inspi­ra­tional a cap­pel­la trib­ute with more than three dozen songs. This was a fundrais­er cel­e­brat­ing Fisk University. Click here to see a print­able copy of the fly­er (below) in PDF for­mat.



Representative John Lewis, Fisk ’67, Attends Keel Laying for Class of Navy Ships Named for Him

May 14, 2019 
Press Release

John Lewis
Fisk ’67

SAN DIEGO—Yesterday Rep John Lewis, Fisk ’67, attend­ed a keel lay­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the first in a class of Navy ships named after him.  There are 20 ships in the John Lewis class, which will all be Fleet Replenishment Oilers.  The first of the class, the USNS John Lewis, is pro­ject­ed for com­ple­tion in April of 2020.   The rest of the John Lewis class of ships will be built over the next 10 years and will stay in ser­vice for 40 years, serv­ing 85,000 ser­vice men and women and 11 air craft car­ri­ers. Yesterday’s cer­e­mo­ny took place at the General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego.

The lay­ing of the keel is the Navy’s way of acknowl­edg­ing the begin­ning of a ship’s con­struc­tion.  At that stage some ini­tial com­po­nents of the ship have already been built, and the keel lay­ing cer­e­mo­ny involves join­ing those com­po­nents togeth­er.  At that time John Lewis’s ini­tials were also etched into a cer­e­mo­ni­al steel plate to be dis­played on the ship, along with those of Ms. Alfre Woodard, the ship’s spon­sor. 

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Tuskegee University Baccalaureate Speaker, the Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr., is Fisk Alumnus ’74

Rev. Dr. William Flippin, Sr., Fisk ’74

Tuskegee University has select­ed pas­tor, author and life coach Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr., Fisk ’74, as  its speak­er for the University’s 2019 Baccalaureate Service, which will take place on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. in the University Chapel.

Flippin attend­ed Fisk University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in math­e­mat­ics and busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion. While a stu­dent at Fisk, he was an active mem­ber of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and today, con­tin­ues his com­mit­ment to the fra­ter­ni­ty as a life mem­ber. He holds a mas­ter of divin­i­ty degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Flippin also holds a doc­tor­ate of min­istry from the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, and is a cer­ti­fied life trans­for­ma­tion­al and lead­er­ship coach.

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LaVerne Prager ’56 Donates $100,000 to Establish the Karsten Prager Endowed Scholarship

LaVerne Lane Prager (Center)

LaVerne Lane Prager ’56 (Center), Daughter Debra and Son Kevin

According to LaVerne Lane Prager (’56), Fisk University was the first pre­dom­i­nate­ly Black school she attend­ed. Before enrolling in Fisk in 1954, she attend­ed Michigan University for two years. Her Fisk expe­ri­ence taught her many things that were not found in class­rooms or books and played a sig­nif­i­cant role in her social devel­op­ment. It was at Fisk, Laverne says, that she forged rela­tion­ships that still exist today. After spend­ing two years at Fisk, she grad­u­at­ed Magna Cum Laude in 1956 and returned to Michigan where she obtained a master’s degree in social work.

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Nashville Police Oversight Board Names Chicago Attorney, Fisk Alumnus ’84, As Top Director Candidate

Atty William Weeden

Atty William Weeden ’84

Nashville’s police over­sight board has named its top can­di­date to become the group’s exec­u­tive direc­tor. Chicago attor­ney William Weeden, Fisk ’84, got the nod Tuesday night after the board inter­viewed five final­ists.

Metro will now extend a for­mal job offer.

In his inter­view last week, Weeden praised Nashvillians for putting togeth­er a grass­roots effort to pass a bal­lot mea­sure to cre­ate the police over­sight board.

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Clark Atlanta University’s Ronald E. Mickens (Fisk ’60) Wins the 2018 Blackwell-Tapia Prize

Dr. Ronald Mickens

Ronald Mickens
Fisk ’60

The National Blackwell-Tapia Committee has announced that Dr. Ronald E. Mickens (Fisk ’60) is the recip­i­ent of the 2018 Blackwell-Tapia Prize. The award rec­og­nizes a “math­e­mati­cian who has con­tributed sig­nif­i­cant­ly to research in his or her field of exper­tise, and who has served as a role mod­el for math­e­mat­i­cal sci­en­tists and stu­dents from under­rep­re­sent­ed minor­i­ty groups or has con­tributed in oth­er sig­nif­i­cant ways to address­ing the prob­lem of the under­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of minori­ties in math.”

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Nashville Fisk Club Newsletter, February 4, 2019


Editor’s Note: Fisk University recent­ly cor­rect­ed a long­stand­ing error in the pic­ture depict­ing Jubilee Hall, as on page eight of this newslet­ter, and fixed here on the University’s web­site; prob­a­bly, after this newslet­ter issue had gone to press. It has to do with the build­ing pre­vi­ous­ly list­ed in Fisk’s his­to­ry as Julibee Hall, in 1876 which, actu­al­ly, was of Bennett Hall, demol­ished many years ago. The University is com­mend­ed for hav­ing made this impor­tant cor­rec­tion. To read this attrac­tive and infor­ma­tive newslet­ter, click here.

Dr. Josie R. Johnson ’51 to Release Memoir

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Dr. Josie Johnson, Fisk ’51, the daugh­ter of a Houston civ­il rights activist, has been on the front lines of the strug­gle for jus­tice and equal­i­ty since she was a teen, going door-to-door to cam­paign in Texas for the removal of a “poll tax” used to deny African-Americans the right to vote. A grad­u­ate of Fisk University in Nashville – a his­tor­i­cal­ly Black uni­ver­si­ty – Johnson became an influ­en­tial fig­ure in pol­i­tics, serv­ing as chief of staff for mul­ti­ple cam­paigns and serv­ing as a Minnesota DFL del­e­gate who cast a vote in the his­toric 2008 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion that saw the elec­tion of the nation’s first Black pres­i­dent, Barack Obama. She holds the dis­tinc­tion of being the first African-American to serve on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. Read more.