2020 Winner: Phoebe Kilby '70
Phoebe Kilby '70 is a peacebuilder. She began her peace and justice journey in 2003 when she started classes at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), a graduate-level program at Eastern Mennonite University. It was there that she found her calling - to work for racial justice, healing and reconciliation between European Americans and African Americans in the US. She began her work in racial reconciliation in 2007, when she first contacted Betty Kilby Baldwin on Martin Luther King Day. Phoebe had discovered in late 2006 that her ancestors were enslavers; Betty is descended from the people that Phoebe’s family once enslaved. Since that time Phoebe has become a leader in the Coming to the Table organization, founded at CJP, which seeks to fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream “that the sons of former slave owners and sons of former slaves will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” Phoebe with others in Coming to the Table has led workshops and dialogues on racial reconciliation across the United States. She left employment with EMU/CJP in January 2015 and now lives in Asheville, NC, where she continues this work. She also co-founded Sympoetica with husband Barry Carpenter. Established in 1986, Sympoetica offers urban planning and design to clients.
Phoebe received the Class Day Alumnae Award in 1968. She has volunteered for Bryn Mawr and has been a loyal donor to The Fund for Bryn Mawr for nearly forty years. She also served as a member of the Class of 1970 50th Reunion Committee.