It’s about that time again! In partnership with the Chicago Football Classic, the Chicago Cubs are proud to present their third annual HBCU day at Wrigley Field on Friday, Sept. 2.
The Cubs organization encourages all HBCU alumni to attend this event, sporting the paraphernalia of their alma maters.
HBCU Day starts with the Pre-Game Kickoff Party from 11a.m. to 1p.m. Immediately following the pregame festivities, everyone is encouraged to stay and watch the Cubs take on the San Francisco Giants.
Julian Green, Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs of the Cubs organization, is thrilled to host this event for the third year in a row. He speaks of how HBCU Day is an extension of the Chicago Football Classic, providing imageries of the HBCU experience for all Chicagoans.
“While the Chicago Football Classic through football celebrates the Black college experience, and as supporters of the Chicago Football Classic, we thought this was a way to extend that celebration of the Black college experience across the city, and help create momentum not only for the game, but also for raising awareness and celebrating Black colleges.”
“Personally, for me, as a graduate of Alabama A&M University, I am in touch with Black college alumni every day across the city. They’re my friends, they’re members of my family, and they’re colleagues. This event is a way for me personally to help promote the network of so many successful people who have come out of HBCUs,” Green stated.
Many HBCU graduates are elated to attend this event. For some it will be their first time, while others can’t wait to return. Shakita Hopkins, recent alumna of Clark Atlanta University, cannot wait to attend. She realizes the importance of HBCU alumni networking with one another, thinking of ways to improve our communities.
“As an HBCU alum of Clark Atlanta University, I feel that this event is a great way to connect with other Black college alum and network. You never know who you will run into. People have to take advantage of this type of event because HBCUs are all about uplifting one another. It’s about time people recognize Historically Black Colleges and Universities because we matter,” Hopkins said.
Joshua Pittman, 23-year-old alumnus of Morehouse College, believes that this event holds extreme value and significance.
“I see the importance of this event in a few ways. The first being that this is a great opportunity to bring different HBCU alumni together and could lead to a stronger, more active presence in the city. It’s an amazing thing to see the different HBCUs come and fellowship with each other. I would love to see more HBCU events on this scale around the city, particularly the South Side where elementary and high school students can come and meet the HBCU alumni” Pittman stated.
As a recent graduate of Morehouse, Pittman is excited to be back in his hometown, ready to make a change in the Black community. With his current occupation as a CPS substitute educator, he constantly stresses the importance of education and Black colleges to his students.
Christine Smith, alumna of Fisk University, believes events such as Cubs HBCU day are pivotal for the city of Chicago.
“It is important to hold this event and many others like it in Chicago because of the demographics of the city. There is a very strong Black population in Chicago, and students of color deserve a place to be themselves while learning about themselves. Far too often the media portrayal of Chicago’s predominately Black neighborhoods is one that spreads negativity, frustration, and pessimism. HBCU fairs directly counter those representations by presenting the youth with an alternative education that overflows with love, support, and the tools to create a better tomorrow and an equitable world. Chicago natives who attend HBCUs often return with a sense of urgency to help mold the city into a place that mimics the inclusion and security found at HBCUs,” Smith stated.
Smith currently works for Amandla Charter School as a behavior learning specialist on the city’s South Side, impacting the lives of Black youth through her profession.
The Chicago Cubs organization looks forward to providing this event for Black scholars to fellowship in unity. Each person who attends will receive an HBCU T-shirt courtesy of the Chicago Cubs. Everyone is encouraged to tell friends and family of this wonderful event that will take place. Tickets can be purchased online at www.chicagocubs.com.