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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Nicola Lawler
Office of Public Relations


Birmingham, Alabama—The Alpha Lyrae Vega of them all, Talladega College, will light up the night this weekend in the Magic City, Birmingham, Alabama. Talladegans from far and near will gather for the 2011 Triennial Reunion Conference at the Doubletree Hotel.

The festive gala will include an Alumni Artists’ and Authors’ Corner, vendors, workshops, Awards Luncheon, President’s Reception, parade, tours, and will conclude with an Ecumenical Sunday Service. Every triennial period, alumni have gathered to celebrate and harvest support for their dear ‘Ole Dega. The past events have featured distinguished alumni as Eunice Walker Johnson, of Johnson Publishing Company and Fashion Fair Cosmetics, a 1938 alumna of the College.

On Friday, alumnus Jerome Gray, former state field director for the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) will be the Awards Luncheon speaker. Gray, a 1959 graduate, affected politics, education, and agriculture statewide and nationally. He mobilized and garnered the efforts of African-Americans to impact discriminating election practices at the county and municipal levels in the 80s. He has been a writer-in-residence for Voorhees College, and he was the previous staff assistant and office manager for prior U.S. Alabama Senator Donald Stewart. Gray has also been a Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture and state director for the Obama Presidential Campaign. Saturday night, alumna Shani Forbes, who earned the National Math and Science Initiative’s All-American 2011 Teacher of the Year, will be the speaker. She is the first African-American in the country to hold this bestowed honor. Other exciting events will include an art auction of two original paintings by Dr. Arthur Bacon, an internationally acclaimed artist, graduate and former Provost of the College; and there will be a performance by the Alumni Choir under the direction of Broadway performer and TC graduate, Rickey Powell.

For more information on these events or for reservations and tickets, contact the Doubletree Hotel, 808 20th Street, Birmingham, Alabama at 205-933-9000.

Talladega College, founded in 1867, is Alabama's oldest historically black private college and among the oldest liberal arts colleges in the nation. Located in the historic district of the city of Talladega, Alabama, the college offers a range of degrees in four divisions: Business and Administration, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences and Education.
Talladega College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate degrees; and the school holds several institutional memberships. For more information visit www.talladega.edu

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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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