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Black Alumni Association of Knox College


The Black Alumni Association of Knox College (BAAKC) was founded in August 1978 by a group of Chicago-based Black alumni.  BAAKC has been a chartered member of the College’s National Alumni Council since 1992.


The founding members of BAAKC are Patricia Ware Owens ‘70, Brenda Butler ‘71, James Rhodes ’71, Debra Banks ’73, Nalani McClendon ’73, Marie Stines ’73 (deceased), Richard Williams ’73, Sadelle Means ’74, Augustus Scott ’74, Gale Carmen Spencer ’74, Milton Burr ’75 (deceased),  Gwen Webb Hasan ’75 and Gregory Beavers ’78.


Our purpose is simple: to serve the social and professional needs of Black Knox College alumni and to provide assistance to the College in fostering positive expressions of African-Americans in every facet of campus life.


Over the years BAAKC has hosted social and professional networking events for alumni, career development workshops for current students and back-to-school picnics for new and returning students.


Currently, BAAKC is working to expand ABLE archives by collecting Knox and ABLE historical data and memorabilia. If you have copies of FACES, pictures, flyers or other materials during your years at Knox, please contact us at


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