A Celebration of 55 Years of

the Afro-Latinx Exonian Society

Since its founding in 1968, the Afro-Exonian Society — now the Afro-Latinx Exonian Society (A.L.E.S.) — has provided a place to support and share the culture and history of Black and Latinx students. For more than half a century, members of the A.L.E.S. have come together to learn about advocacy and how to transform their passion for issues into action.

The 55th anniversary of the A.L.E.S. was celebrated in style on October 28 and 29, 2023. Alumni, students, faculty and emeriti, staff, administration and Trustees came together to honor and celebrate the enduring impact of this historic student organization.  

Special thanks to Academy Trustees Wole Coaxum ’88; P’24 and Paulina Jerez ’91; P’21 for co-hosting the festivities and to the A.L.E.S. Program Committee for their dedication and intention in putting together a rich and engaging program. 


Watch the celebration

Watch a playlist of video highlights, including John Forté ’93 and his premiere screening of Eyes on the Prize — a sneak peek at the upcoming award-winning docuseries about the civil rights era set to release January 2024.

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See the photos!

Flip through dozens of pictures from the two-day celebration in our A.L.E.S. 55 gallery.

Share Your Message

Throughout the weekend, alumni were invited to share their memories as part of the A.L.E.S. Oral History Project, which aims to collect stories of the ways the club has affected students’ lives at Exeter and beyond. These reflections will be stored in a digital repository in the Class of 1945 Library. Be a part of history and add your voice!

A.L.E.S. through the years

A.L.E.S. 55 Program Committee Members

Alexanderia Baker-Haidara '99, Una Basak '90; P'19, Ciatta Baysah '97, Joshua Bloodworth '93, Julian Bobb '90; Nat Butler '64; P'24, Wole Coaxum '88; P'24, Bryan Contreras ’91; P’24, Claudia Cruz '96, Kaya Dantzler '10, Roberto Garcia '71, Kelvin Green '17, Shana Harris '92, Ira Helfand '67, Paulina Jerez '91; P'21, Nahin Jorgge '07, Lori Lincoln '86, Eric Logan '92, Cia Buckley Marakovits '83, Sam Maruca '73: P'04, P'07, P'10, Lars Ojukwu '03, Michael Oneal '74, Franklin Ordonez '10, Kani Romain '00, Kwabena Safo-Agyekum '02; Rhoda Tamakloe '01; Russell Washington '89.

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Your Support

When you give to The Exeter Fund, you can designate where your money goes. That means, you can choose to support financial aid funds such as The Eddie Perry ’85 Fund or the Equitable Experience Fund, as well as student clubs like the Afro-Latinx Exonian Society. Consider making a gift today.


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Mentor Directory

Alums can now update their identity in the Mentor Directory. If you’re looking for a mentor who shares a common identity and/or similar experiences, you can search by affinity as well profession/industry.


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Donate to the Archives

We encourage you to contribute to the legacy of the Afro-Latinx Exonian Society and donate photographs or videos. Please send the completed Deed of Gift form and item(s) to:

Magee Lawhorn

Head of Archives & Special Collections

Phillips Exeter Academy

Class of 1945 Library

20 Main St.

Exeter, NH 03833-2460

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