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Honoring a legacy: Andrew Purnell Jr. reception

Friday, June 24th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Event Description

To kick off the Black Colleagues Association Chicago weekend, the group invites fellow alumni, family, and friends to come together to honor Andrew Purnell Jr. ’57 at a special reception taking place at the Oak Lawn Hilton.

As a graduate of Illinois State Normal University, Purnell spent his life advocating for equity, particularly for Black students. Along with his peers, he formed the University’s first National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) chapter to help diminish discrimination on campus and in the Bloomington-Normal community. His advocacy work for the University continued as an alumnus where Purnell served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. In November 1984, with 40 other Black alumni, the Alumni Association formally chartered the affinity group the Illinois State Black Colleagues Association (ISUBCA).

Space is limited. Registration is required by June 22 online or by calling Alumni Engagement at (309) 438-2586. To continue celebrations, ISUBCA will also host its annual cookout on Saturday, June 25 at Dan Ryan Woods in Chicago.

A hotel block is available for Friday and Saturday at the Oak Lawn Hilton for $141/night. Call (708) 425-7800 and ask for the ISUBCA block or make a reservation online.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Alumni Engagement
(309) 438-2586


Oak Lawn Hilton
9333 S. Cicero Ave
Oak Lawn, Illinois