This year’s 30th annual Alumni Hall of Fame Weekend Celebration will include a star-studded lineup.
Will Packer, producer of such hit movies as Takers, Stomp the Yard, and Think Like a Man, will serve as the honorary chair of this milestone event.
He will be joined by a bevy of honorary co-chairs including Susan Taylor, editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence Magazine; actress Dawnn Lewis; Judge Glenda Hatchett; and Peter McMahon, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
The Alumni Hall of Fame Weekend will include a number of workshops, the HBCU Invitational Golf Tournament, the Competition of Black College Queens, and the signature Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Founded 30 years ago by Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth, development, and ultimate success of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through scholarships, internships, training and technical assistance, alumni recognition, and programs that encourage humanitarian involvement. For three decades, the Hall of Fame has spearheaded activities that provide millions of dollars in revenue and countless resources to HBCUs.
On September 25th, this year’s Hall of Fame will induct 19 extraordinary Black college alumni from disciplines ranging from medicine to arts and entertainment. Among those being inducted are Elisabeth Omilami of Hosea Feed the Hungry; former Morehouse College president Dr. Robert Franklin; singer/songwriter Will Downing; former Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin; and Janice Bryant Howroyd, owner of the largest certified woman minority-owned staffing company in the United States and the first Black woman to own a billion-dollar company based on a single enterprise.
“We have a banner class of inductees this year of which we are extremely proud,” Founder Dortch said. “They not only embody the essence of our theme, ‘HBCUs: Educating. Empowering. Leading,’ but they truly are the standard by which all HBCU alumni are measured. After 30 years we are stronger than ever and our commitment to the preservation and success of HBCU’s has never been greater.”
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