Elon University Alumni Association

Milestones for Blacks in Elon History

1963

Glenda Phillips becomes the first black full-time student to attend Elon.

1969

Eugene Perry '69 becomes the first black man to graduate from Elon.

1970

Gail Fonville '70 becomes the first black woman to graduate from Elon.

1974

Elon's Black Cultural Society is established to provide a social organization for black students.

1975

John Roscoe becomes the first black individual appointed to Elon's board of trustees.

1977

Elon's Gospel Choir is established.

1978

Bryant Colson '80 becomes the first black editor-in-chief of The Pendulum, Elon's student newspaper.

1979

Bryant Colson '80 becomes the first black president of the Student Government Association.

Mary Carroll '81 becomes the first black woman to be crowned Elon's Homecoming Queen.

1981

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., establishes the Omicron Iota Chapter at Elon, the first historically black Greek organization to arrive on campus.

1982

The Gents are established by black Elon students as a social organization to increase social and intellectual interactions among all students.

1984

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. establishes the Sigma Mu Chapter at Elon, becoming the first historically black Greek fraternity on campus.

1986

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Nu Theta Chapter, is established.

1987

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Omicron Espilon Chapter, is established.

Donna Hill Oliver '72 becomes the first black individual selected as Elon's Young Alumna of the Year.

1991

William Walker '93 becomes first black individual to serve as president of the Student Union Board.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Delta Chapter, is established.

Elon's Finest is established as an organization to promote school spirit through dance.

1993

David Bynes '97 becomes the first black man crowned Elon's Homecoming King.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Xi Omicron Chapter, is established.

Tonya Taylor '94 becomes the first black female editor-in-chief of The Pendulum.

1997

Alpha Kappa Alpha becomes first historically black Greek organization to receive housing in Loy Center.

1998

Kebbler McGhee '98 is appointed a youth trustee, becoming the first black female to serve on the board of trustees.

Sherrika Stanley '00 becomes the first black female to serve as president of the Student Union Board.

1999

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Omicron Upsilon Chapter, is established.

2000

Akilah Weaver '00 becomes the first black female to serve as president of the Student Government Association.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Alpha Beta Beta Chapter, is established.

The African-American Alumni Group (now the Elon Black Alumni Network) is established to represent the interests of Elon's black alumni and students.

2003

Phi Beta Sigma becomes the first historically black Greek fraternity to receive housing in Loy Center.

2004

Darris Means '05, of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, becomes the first black individual to serve as president of Elon's Interfraternity Council.

2005

David Morrow '07 L'10 becomes the first black individual to serve as drum major of The Fire of the Carolinas, Elon's marching band.

2007

The African-American Alumni Scholarship (now the Elon Black Alumni Network Scholarship) fund is established to help make an Elon education possible for deserving black students.

2010

Donors push the Elon Black Alumni Network Scholarship beyond the endowment level.

2011

The first Elon Black Alumni Network Scholarship is awarded to Janelle Bennett '14.