Black Alumnae at their 50th Reunion, class of 1968

Marcia D. Lloyd, Bernicestine McLeod, Sandra L. Richards, and Sharon P. Wilkinson, Pembroke College class of 1968, entered campus in 1964, within weeks of the Civil Rights Act becoming law and within months of Martin Luther King Jr. earning the Nobel Peace Prize. The alumnae graduated under Brown University President Ray Heffner and Pembroke College Dean Rosemary Pierrel. Shortly before their graduation, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and the Civil Rights Act of 1968 demanded equal housing opportunities for all Americans. Despite the tumultuous political era in which these four women attended Brown, all four women thrived. Lloyd became an artist and professor at the Massachusetts College of Art, McLeod became an information management consultant, Richards became a professor of African American Studies and Theatre at Northwestern University, and Wilkinson became a Foreign Service Officer and American diplomat. She served as United States Ambassador to Burkina Faso from 1996 to 1999 and United States Ambassador to Mozambique from 2000 to 2003.