At the closing dinner of Thrive: Celebrating and Empowering Princeton’s Black Alumni in 2019, University trustee and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, Class of 1986, left, speaks to fellow trustee Melanie Lawson, Class of 1976, a journalist for WTRK-TV in Houston.
Princeton University, Office of Communications, Denise Applewhite (2019)

Rep. Terri Sewell ’86 of Alabama is working on making Dec. 1 a federal holiday to honor the day in 1955 when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus. — Alabama Today

Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson ’93 said Texas turned “the clock back 50 years” with its new anti-abortion law. — Politico
The Boston Globe endorsed Andrea Campbell ’04 for mayor in the September primary, saying she “radiates a sense of urgency, a palpable hunger to confront Boston’s hardest, most politically fraught challenges.” — The Boston Globe
Epidemiologist Celine Gounder ’97 predicted that coronavirus cases in the U.S. will climb after children go back to school in September, before subsiding in October. — The New York Times
Lester Milton Salamon ’64, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies and a renowned researcher on nonprofits, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 20. A colleague called him “a rock star in the global civil society research field.” — The Baltimore Sun

“If Jim and Joe and the other Native veterans I’ve talked to are to be believed, when the Dakota brought us the drum, a feeling of indebtedness and duty and profound concern displaced darker habits: of revenge, self-satisfaction, victimhood, self-righteousness, violence, and reliance on the myth of our own innocence.”

— Author David Treuer ’92, an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, reflecting on people he lost to COVID and the Big Drum ceremony that “exists to heal people from physical, psychological, and social pain and grief.” — The New York Times

Former track and field star John Mack ’00 returned Sept. 1 as Princeton’s new Ford Family Director of Athletics. — Town Topics
Soccer journalist Grant Wahl ’96 wrote about his classmate and friend Jesse Marsch ’96, “who has risen higher than any other U.S. coach ever in European soccer.” — Fútbol with Grant Wahl
Anthony Marchese *96 will become dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Rhode Island starting Jan. 1. Previously he was at Colorado State University. — URI News
Corporate lawyer and litigator Steve Reynolds ’80 is the new president of the Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey. — Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey
Barbara Nicholson Roper ’77 was appointed senior advisor to the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, where her focus will be on issues relating to retail investor protection. —

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