Coming Together and Moving On

The (pre)history of Black Coffee

There had been two all African-American groups prior to Black Coffee: Sistahs, all female, and The Sophisticated Gents, all male. Founding members of these groups soon graduated, and the history and traditions of both organizations was feared lost.

Conceived by John Todd '97 and Keelyn Bradley '95, Black Coffee was considered a binding of the two original organizations, while yet creating its own history. In January, 1995, Black Coffee came into existence, with ten founding members.

Black Coffee was well received by the college campus at our first major performance, the Jamboree, an a cappella concert held every semester on campus. We hope to continue to perform in Jamborees to come, and build a long-lasting tradition at Swarthmore.

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