To kick off Reunion Weekend this morning, we honored the 50th Reunion of the first two Black alumnae to graduate from Garrison Forest School, Greta McDonald Anderson ’74 and Shelia Love ’74. Greta and Shelia were joined on stage by Miana Massey ’15, WJZ-TV anchor and reporter, who guided a conversation about their journey to, through and after Garrison. 

In addition to the conversation, the event started with a short video produced by Julian Hamer ’09, co-founder of Fearless Video Productions. Through interviews, reviewing materials from the GFS archives, researching media from the 60s and several days of filming on campus, the film documents Shelia and Greta’s experience at Garrison Forest and their perspective on their legacy. We are excited to share this video with our community--watch below!

Both in the video and during today’s panel, Shelia and Greta noted the importance of resilience and moving confidently through the world, telling students firmly: “You matter, and you belong.” 

We are honored to have Greta and Shelia back on campus today to share their stories and to celebrate the incredible impact they have made for generations of Garrison Forest students to come. Thank you to Greta, Sheila and Miana for joining us today and to Julian for her work documenting this important celebration for GFS.