Black Alumni Association


The Union Presbyterian Seminary Black Alumni Association (BAA) was established in 2009 to honor the contributions made by students of African descent to the seminary.  Officers were elected and installed at a covenanting ceremony on February 20, 2013, marking the official establishment of the Black Alumni Association.


BAA Events and Links

The BAA Introduction video features some of the founding members of the Black Alumni Association.

In 2012, the Black Alumni/ae Association held the first Trailblazers Banquet, to honor Union's outstanding alumni/ae of African descent.  The 2012 honorees were Dr. Allix B. James (Th.M.'49; Th.D.'57), Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly (M.Div.'76), and Dr. Gloria Taylor (M.A.'78; Ed.D.'95).

The 2013 Trailblazers Banquet honored Chaplain Colonel Albert Abraham Lincoln Hockaday (M.A.'80), Dr. Edwin D. McCreary, Jr. (Th.M.'45; Th.D.'51), and Rev. Paula Owens Parker (M.Div.'94).

On February 20, 2013, the Black Alumni Association led the 2013 BAA Chapel Service on the Richmond campus.

The 2014 Trailblazers Banquet was held at C. N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC.  Honorees were:  Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown (M.Div.'08), Trailblazer Award; Rev. Veronica Cannon (M.Div.'06) and Ms. Brenda Foster (M.A.C.E.'06), Genesis Award; Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, Vanguard Professorship Award; and Dr. Samuel K. Roberts, Faithful Servant Award. 

On April 7, 2015, the Black Alumni Association honored these outstanding alumnae with the 2015 Trailblazers Award:  Rev. Dr. A. Elaine Crawford (Ph.D.'99), Dr. Angela S. Duncan (M.Div.'03), and Rev. Jonyrma R. Singleton (M.Div.'88).


BAA Membership

If you are an alumnus or alumna of Union Presbyterian Seminary, you are invited to join the BAA! 

Annual Membership is $50. 

To Join by Credit Card - click here and write in "BAA Dues" in the One Time Gift box.  Click "submit" and you will be taken to our secure payment site for your $50 payment.

To Join by Check - please send a $50 check, made payable to Union Presbyterian Seminary with "BAA Dues" in the memo line.  Union Presbyterian Seminary Black Alumni Association, 3401 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA  23227.


Would you like to honor the BAA with a gift to the Annual Fund?

Click here and write "BAA Gift" in the One Time Gift box.  Click "submit" and you will be taken to our secure payment site for your gift to the Union Presbyterian Seminary Annual Fund - Thank You!