George School Launches Cyd Carpenter ’47 Alumni of Color Network

George School is pleased to announce the launch of the Cyd Carpenter ’47 Alumni of Color Network named in honor of George School’s first black student Cynthia “Cyd” Crooks Carpenter. (Photo by Bob Krist)

George School is pleased to announce the launch of the Cyd Carpenter ’47 Alumni of Color Network. The network, named in honor of George School’s first black student Cynthia “Cyd” Crooks Carpenter, seeks to connect alumni of color with each other and to provide support for students of color, student affinity group activities, and diversity initiatives at George School.

“The network will be a way for all alums to give back in Cyd’s honor,” said Kassem Lucas ’90. “I learned the importance of giving back and of recognizing those who sacrificed for you at George School. I think the launch of the network will do both of these things. And in true George School tradition, I urge all our alums, regardless of your background, to join.”

Cyd will be on campus during Alumni Weekend and all alumni are invited to meet her for coffee and to celebrate the launch of the new network. The gathering will take place at Sunnybanke on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. A group picture is planned for 11:00 a.m.

“While we appreciate George School’s diversity today, there was a time not so long ago when Cyd was the first and only black student on campus,” continued Kassem. “While I never experienced that, I have come to learn that it takes a strong individual like Cyd to succeed in that environment in order to set the tone for others who followed.”

Cyd came to George School from Seaside Monthly Meeting in Jamaica. She was accepted to the school after George School accepted the proposition that John M. George’s will called on the school to educate Quakers and not just white Quakers.

For more information about the event contact Karen Hallowell at 215.579.6620