On November 17, 2021, the Agnes Scott Community gathered in the Woodruff Quadrangle to honor Edna Lowe Swift ’71, the college’s first Black graduate, and dedicate a bench in her name.
A gorgeous fall afternoon blessed the festivities to commemorate such a historical individual and achievement. Featured speakers and performers included:
- President Leocadia I. Zak
- Regine Jackson, assistant vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
- Gué Hudson ’68, dean of students emerita
- Machamma Quinichett, director, SUMMIT advisors and associate director of academic advising and accessible education
- Phoenicia Battle ’03, assistant director, communications and operations of the office of internship and career development
- Mary Frances Kerr ’93, senior director of alumnae relations
- Heather Ricks Scott ’99, secretary of the Alumnae Association Board of Directors
- Students: Mia Iverson ’22, Tatianna Jordan ’22, Leah Spearman ’22 and Percie Thompson ’22
Edna gave the closing remarks for the event, sending those in attendance home with nuggets of perspective and wisdom. She was in attendance with her husband, Albert, her daughter, Shanika Dawn Swift ’93, and her granddaughter, Tori Cole Cervantes ’18.
The day concluded with the annual student-led Joyful Noise Gospel Choir held in special tribute to Edna’s honor later on in the evening.