The Johnson C. Smith University Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Chapter's objective is to bring together in close fellowship, alumni and associates - interested friends of Smith - who are committed to promoting and supporting the programs of JCSU Alumni in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area and the University. This is done through fundraising, mentoring, and community based initiatives.
Our membership consist of professionals from a wide range of areas including teachers, engineers, preachers, doctors, computer specialist, entrepreneurs, and others. The chapter has been in existence since the 1930's and currently have active members from graduating classes beginning in the 1940's to the 2000's.
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(Abbreviated) 80 plus years ago, a small group of men from Johnson C. Smith University began meeting in DC to reminisce about their days at our University. From these meetings, came a desire to give back and the founding fathers of this Alumni Chapter. The principal leaders were Attorney Thomas Bomar, Dr. Clarence McMillan, Dr. Matthew Whitehead, Attorney Nolan Best, Maxwell Minnis, James Squire and others. Throughout the late thirties, they encouraged other graduates of the University to join them.
In the forties, women began meeting with the group and helped formalize the chapters' mission and established a set of goals. Among them were, Fannye Corley, Ruby Rosemond, Roberta Shearin, and Catherine English. They began to concentrate on fundraising and "giving back" to the University. Meeting in their homes once a month, they planned events and enjoyed the JCSU spirited camaraderie. This spirit has lasted over the decades and continues today.
Presidents through the years...