The Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance (RAAA), Inc. welcomed eight new members into its Hall of Fame in September. Held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick, the group’s 16th annual ceremony paid tribute to these remarkable trailblazers.

Paul Leroy Robeson RC1919 
The famed scholar, athlete, actor, singer, and global activist was inducted posthumously, one of many honors marking the centennial of his graduation year. His granddaughter, Susan Robeson, accepted the honor in memory of him.

Eugene Armstead RC’73, GSN’77
Loyal Son of Rutgers • Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame member  • Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society chapter president 

Linda Caldwell Epps DC’73
Historian and educator • college administrator • former president and CEO of the New Jersey Historical Society • community leader

Jerome Harris RC’69, GSNB’73
Community advocate • public administrator and educator • cofounder and president emeritus of the New Jersey Black Issues Convention

Vaughn L. McKoy LC’90, NLAW’93
Attorney • executive • author • motivational speaker • mentor • scholar • athlete

Victoria Pratt LC’94, NLAW’98
Former Newark Municipal Court chief judge • educator • criminal justice reform expert

Dana Redd SBC’96
Former New Jersey state senator • former mayor of Camden, New Jersey • CEO, Rowan University–Rutgers Camden Board of Governors

Gregory Sleet CLAW’76
Earl Warren Scholar • educator • former U.S. District Judge, State of Delaware

A portion of the event’s proceeds went to scholarship initiatives, including the RAAA Paul Robeson Scholarship Fund.

The Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance (RAAA), Inc. is an inclusive organization with a membership comprising African, Afro-Asian, Black/African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latinx alumni. For more information on the alliance and its mission, visit