NHAA Statement, June 6, 2020
National Hampton Alumni Association, Inc.
A Message from the President
Dear Fellow National Hampton Alumni Association Members,
With the videos of recent horrific acts of racism and social injustice, what’s been largely in the dark has been brought to full light. Over the last week, I’ve heard from many fellow alumni about what the NHAA, Inc. can do, using our collective voice, to help change social injustice and systemic racism in our country. The NHAA Board and I have compiled the following ideas for Hamptonians and fellow HBCU alumni to consider:
· Speak up against racism, stand up and peacefully protest.
· Every week, buy something from a local black business, and then find another one to support, especially those small businesses owned by Hamptonians.
· Donate to and volunteer with equality and racial injustice organizations.
· Start the conversation. This powerful short film, written, directed and produced by three fellow Hamptonians, is an excellent conversation starter and very relevant to our current state.
Thank you, Tiffany Burgess, Jack Manning, and Lawrence Watford, for sharing Flipped with the world.
Many of us have already done one or all of these, which is no surprise to me because it’s our Hampton way. Stay close to your local alumni chapters, as additional ideas and activities may be forthcoming. Find your nearest chapter here.
Finally, I ask that we use these heavy times to build each other up, instead of tearing one another down. We all are Hamptonians and have a vested interest in seeing the Hampton legacy stand untarnished and strong for thousands of years to come. Airing our Hampton family grievances publicly, when they can be addressed and resolved internally, is completely counterproductive. As a reminder, if you have a concern with our dear Home by the Sea, your NHAA board members and I stand ready to work on your behalf towards a successful outcome. Please reach out to email@example.com.
In the Hampton Spirit,
Gena Pemberton, ‘98
NHAA, Inc. President
While my heart is heavy, I am hopeful and choosing to keep the faith.