May 03, 2017

Memorial for Sheila Abdus-Salaam

NYC memorial planned to remember the career and life of Sheila Abdus-Salaam. 

The Honorable Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam '74BC '77LAW

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Friday, May 26, 2017 | 12:00 Noon

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Ave., @112th St. 

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Or contact: rebecca@canticlecommunications.com 

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Judge Abdus-Salaam, Professor Quandra Prettyman & Dr. Marilyn Sanders Mobley '74BC

Says Dr. Mobley, “Sheila was a beautiful person, a brilliant woman, an ethical activist, and a beloved friend to so many. As many have heard me say, I loved her, I love her still, and I always will.” 

Below, a favorite photo of Garrett Johnson '74CC:

Daughter Kelsey, Sheila and Garrett

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Statement on Behalf of Barnard College Classes of 1971-1977 Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters (BOSS)

To Our Dear Sister Sheila, 

We knew you before you reached the pinnacle of your profession.  We knew you when you had dreams that would not—could not—be deferred. 

We knew you when the strength of our heritage and the power of your intellect shone through in your eyes and your spoken words. 

We knew you when we could cram for exams, play bid whist, laugh, party down, and organize against injustice. 

We knew you when we all blossomed from the seeds planted at Barnard: the energy of our resolve to succeed, the affirmation of our limitless creativity, and, above all, the blessings of a lifetime of sisterhood. 

That lifetime is not over. We cannot imagine life without you. We don't want to.  So, as you journey to the other side, go knowing you are, and always will be, close to our hearts and deeply loved.

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