“11th Annual Bison on The Vineyard”



Howard University Alumni Celebrated its “11th Annual Bison on The Vineyard” on Martha's Vineyard - August 19 - 26, 2017

The week-long gathering on the island was filled with fun, fellowship, good conversations, luminaries, a college scholarship fundraiser and the celebration of select Howard University alumni for their esteemed contributions to society.

The exciting week schedule includes:

Sunday, August 20, 9:30 am
Union Chapel Worship Service

Tuesday, August 22, 10:00 am - 1:00 p.m.
Human Trafficking Symposium, Union Chapel
Symposium Panelists:

Judge Wendy Baxter, Esq.  - Former Michigan Circuit Court Judge (Judicial System Expert)

L Khadijah Muhammad, MPH  - District of Columbia Public Health Specialist (Mental Health Expert)

Celina Pina Shemo, PhD - Massachusetts/New York Marriage & Family Therapist (Expert Witness in Child Abuse)

Donald Rose - Sheriff, Martha's Vineyard (Criminal Justice System Expert)

Cheryl Sharp, Esq. - Director, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights (Expert on Civil and Human Rights Law)

Symposium Panelist Moderator:

Kristen M. Clark Coordinator, MSW - Connecticut Governor's Task Force on Justice for Abused Children and Public Policy and Advocacy,

Thursday, August 24, 6:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.
Blue & White Alumni Reception.  BOV honorees to be saluted at the reception:

“Senator Edward Brooke” Honorees:

Hon. Ludwig Gaines, Esq. – Political Action/Government Relations

Rock Newman - International Philanthropy/Community Activist

“Bison on the Vineyard Truth & Service” Honorees:

Caesar Alfred Churchwell, DDS - Health/Civic Engagement
Brighton, AL Mayor Brandon Dean - Emerging Youth Leadership (one of the youngest elected black mayors in USA)
Benaree Pratt Wiley - Business Community Activist

ABOUT BISON ON THE VINEYARD - In 2006, attorneys Margo Bouchet, Donald Thigpen and Lydia Padilla, along with Fr. Darryl James and Sarah Davidson, established BOV aimed to garner the camaraderie and Bison love of Howard University alumni who vacationed annually in late August on Martha's Vineyard.

In 2010, two BOV foundering members attorneys Margo Bouchet and Donald Thigpen, former Howard University Law Alumni Association (HULAA) past president, along with attorney Kwame Reed incorporated educational programming into the vacation activities.  The BOV Continuing Legal Education Seminars were established to present legal and public policy information for lawyers and scholars.  The first seminar focused on Public Media Treatment of Black Elected Officials and included luminaries such as Harvard University Professor Charles Ogeltree, Esq., and former Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown, MD.

INFORMATION:     For more information, schedule and event tickets, visit, www.bisononthevineyard.com.