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Fall 2019

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Alumni News CEO, and Karen Boykin-Towns, NAACP vice chair, accepted the 2019 Distin- guished Public Service Award on behalf of the NAACP at the gala, which was held in Arlington, Virginia. Johnson, a former Harvard Law School lecturer and founder of the nonprofit One Voice Inc., expressed gratitude and hope for the future. "If more of us begin to talk across communities, across faith, across beliefs, we can heal much of the harm that has been caused [by injustice and intolerance] and be a stronger com- munity for it," he said. BYU Marriott dean Brigitte C. Madrian also briefly addressed those in attendance. Other speakers included Boykin-Towns, who introduced Elder Stevenson; Elder Jack N. Gerard, a general authority seventy; and Kisha Wilson-Sogunro, a local leader in community and volunteer engagements. Music was provided by Ashley Ondoua, a high school senior and internationally recognized pianist. mANAgEmENT SocIETY NAAcP Honored for Promoting Justice and Equality On 11 May, Elder Gary E. Stevenson joined the Washington DC chapter of the BYU Management Society at its annual gala dinner. This year they honored the National Association for the Advance- ment of Colored People (NAACP) for its dedication to promoting justice and equality for all people. "It's easy to call for civility, but it's harder to do the work of making civility possible," Elder Stevenson said during the ceremony, inviting all to promote civility and have Christlike love for others. "One of our core [and] divinely appointed responsibilities . . . is to care for the poor and needy. Who does that include? It's everyone around us. Being your brother's keeper will lead to bridging divisions rather than creating divisions." Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and More than five hundred people attended the event, including Manage- ment Society members, BYU alumni, NAACP chapter representatives, and inter- faith community leaders. Ginny Bywater, the annual gala event chair, noted that the variety of attendees was exactly what chapter leaders were hoping for. "That's what the Management Society is trying to promote," Bywater says, refer- encing BYU Marriott's mission to prepare men and women of faith, character, and professional ability to become outstand- ing leaders and positively influence the world. "That includes anyone who is con- cerned with ethical standards, service, and lifelong learning—not just BYU alumni." In addition to the presentation of the 2019 Distinguished Public Service Award, six BYU students were recognized as the recipients of the chapter's 2018–2019 scholarships: Sarah Curry, Austin Dor- man, Janessa Henry, Marcelo Leme, Rachel Lewis, and Aaron Shirley. Overall, the event was a success because it helped strengthen bridges between many different communities, Bywater says. "People left with a different, more upbeat, more interested feeling. It was remarkable. And I think everybody that was there felt that." cLASS NoTES 1960 Gayle Linton Brackner left BYU in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in business education in hand. She went on to work as an administrative secretary at Utah State University's Agricultural Education Department in the 1980s, but her proud- est accomplishments center around her family. Brackner raised seven children while supporting her husband, James, as he earned two degrees—including a MAcc—from BYU and a PhD from the University of Alabama in 1984. The couple lived in Bangkok, Thailand, for six months while James worked on a NAACP representatives receive the Washington DC chapter's 2019 Distinguished Public Service Award. Below, left to right: Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Dean Brigitte C. Madrian, chapter president Mike Baird, Derrick Johnson, Karen Boykin- Towns, Kisha Wilson-Sogunro, and Elder Jack Gerard. 42 MARRIOTT

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