Welcome to the Neal-Marshall Alumni Group
Welcome to the home page for the Neal-Marshall Alumni Group of Indiana University Northwest Indiana Chapter.
Today the club's mission includes addressing the needs of African-American students, faculty, and staff, as well as promoting the awareness of the history, traditions, and legacy of African-Americans at IU.
Please take time to look around and feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining, or simply have comments or questions.
Some of the many benefits of membership include:
- Career Advice & Counseling
- Speaker Series
- Alumni Outings
- Reunion Gatherings
A Brief History of the Neal-Marshall Alumni Group
The Neal-Marshall Alumni Club was organized in 1977 out of the office of George Taliafero, Special Assistant to the president of Indiana University. The club was named to honor the earliest African-American male and female graduates of I.U. Marcellus Neal graduated in 1895 and Frances Marshall Eagleson received an AB in English in 1919. As stated by its constitution, the club's purpose is:
- To provide a means for the association of I.U. alumni and friends.
- To advance the interests and promote the welfare of Indiana University.
- To develop a black agenda for addressing the pressing needs of black students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Indiana University.
- To promote awareness of the black legacy, traditions, and history of Indiana University.
The major emphasis of the club has been the sponsoring of an annual reunion and the development of a Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center on the Bloomington campus. The first reunion was held at the Fourwinds Hotel and Marina, south of Bloomington, Indiana in July 1978. Subsequent reunions have been hosted.
Neal-Marshall Alumni Club
Board of Managers
President, Vernon A. Smith (Indianapolis)
President Elect, Karen Williams (Gary)
Vice President, Crystal T. Williams (Indianapolis)
Treasurer, Shontrai D. Irving (Gary)
Secretary, Dawn M. Whitehead (Indianapolis)
Past President, Dr. Kenneth D. Gibson (Frankfort, Kentucky)
National Director, Clarence W. Boone, Jr. (Bloomington)
Phyllis L. Barlow