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Hortense Parker

Celebrating history, looking to the future

Mount Holyoke honors students of color on the annual Hortense Parker Celebration, so named for the first known student of color to graduate.

Patrisse Cullors, a social activist, best-selling author of “When They Call You A Terrorist,” co-creator of the viral Twitter hashtag and movement #BlackLivesMatter, was recently named to Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2020.

Talking with Patrisse Cullors

For Mount Holyoke’s annual Hortense Parker day, Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, spoke about revolutionary healing. 

Anpa’o Locke ’21

Seeing and empowering future Native scholars

Anpa’o Locke ’21 submitted one of the winning essays of the College’s 2019 Hortense Parker Celebration.

Toni-Ann Williams ’23 receives her award during the 2019 Hortense Parker Celebration

“I am” and “Who am I not to be?”

Toni-Ann Williams ’23 submitted one of the winning essays of the College’s 2019 Hortense Parker Celebration.

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, W.E.B. Du Bois Center, UMass Amherst

Honoring MHC’s students and alumnae of color

The 2017 Hortense Parker Celebration featured speeches by UMass Amherst’s Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Kymberly Newberry FP’15.

Image of attendees of 2015 Women of Color conference.

Week of events honors women of color.

Members of the Mount Holyoke College community gathered for a week of events revolving around the impact of women of color March 27 to April 4, 2015.

Founders Return for 2014 Hortense Parker Day

Ahyoung An ’09 and Camila Curtis-Contreras ’09, organizers of the first celebration of MHC’s first known student of color, will speak at this year’s event.