Dear HCF Supporters,

#GivingTuesday is a global day that allows individuals to support causes and organizations that make a difference in their communities and around the world. Every year, on the Tuesday after Cyber Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is pleased to join in Giving Tuesday and with the help of our support, the fight to Campaign for HBCUs will continue to assure that HCF can support the important assignment that HBCUs and MSIs do in providing quality education to a diverse population of students.

This year, our goal is to reach $50,000 in necessary funding to continue our mission to provide scholarships and support higher education. Gifts donated during HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign will be used where needed most in support of students attending HBCUs and higher education, specifically Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs).

Higher education can be the debt of a student during their matriculating, and with your support of HCF, we can assist with helping those students with their educational endeavors. On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, we encourage you to consider HCF in reaching its goals to advocate for higher education, making a recurring or one-time gift below.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund
Founded in 2012, HCF was the vision and brainchild of founder Demetrius Johnson, Jr. In 2015, HCF incorporated its mission to supporting the significance and raising funds for student scholarships and services at HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains today as a strong advocate for students and higher education. Visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

How can I join the cause? You can support HCF through its #GivingTuesday campaign in the following ways:

  • Joining the #Unselfie movement by taking a selfie with reasons why you support HCF and tagging HCF on social media using #HCFGivingTuesday
  • Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about HCF, what does the organization mean to you and why do you support the organization
  • Make a gift by using Cash App: $CampaignForHBCUs
  • Or online at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/donate and contributing to one of the following: HCF HBCU General Scholarship, Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour, The Brenda G. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, and Campus Student Ambassador Program. You may designate where your donation goes, and 100% of it goes to the selected cause.

To get involved in supporting HCF before, on GivingTuesday, and after, you are encouraged to visit the HCF Giving Tuesday official page at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/donate/givingtuesday to learn more about how you can make a difference!

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Kick-off press conference for the 48th Annual Bayou Classic, presented by Procter & Gamble, featuring the historic rivalry between the Tigers of Grambling State University and the Jaguars of Southern University. The Bayou Classic is revered as the “Granddaddy” of HBCU college matchups.

Governmental leaders, tourism leaders, Bayou Classic organizers and representative from both Southern University and Grambling State University will make and provide updates on this year’s 48th Annual Bayou Classic scheduled for November 26-27.

The Bayou Classic is the annual extravaganza bringing the fans and alumni of Grambling State University and Southern University to New Orleans each November for a celebration of football, family and the traditions surrounding Historically Black College and Universities.

Other events include the Bayou Classic Parade, which will once again hit the streets of New Orleans the Saturday of Bayou Classic – Saturday, November 27. The parade starts at 9:30 am. Of note, the parade route has been changed back to its original route.

This year’s Bayou Classic parade will start on Elysian Fields at the river; N Peters Street past the French Market; down N Peters St/Decatur; turn right off N Peters St on Canal; turn left off Canal on St Charles Ave; turn right off St Charles Ave on Poydras Street; turn right off Poydras on Loyola; parade disembarks at Duncan Plaza on Loyola.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Black College Football Hall of Fame announced the establishment of the HBCU Legacy Bowl Career Fair, presented by the New Orleans Saints.

The first annual HBCU Legacy Bowl Career Fair will be held February 17-18, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The event will provide job opportunities and career counseling for graduating seniors from Louisiana’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Dillard, Grambling State, Southern and Xavier) and feature expert panels, motivational speakers and direct interaction with national and statewide corporate partners. Admission is free. In addition, eight HBCU graduating seniors will be selected as interns to gain hands-on experience during HBCU Legacy Bowl week.

“We are honored and thankful to have the support of Gayle Benson and the New Orleans Saints in this meaningful initiative to provide opportunities for HBCU students,” said Super Bowl MVP and Black College Football Hall of Fame Co-Founder Doug Williams. “Their generous, multi-year commitment will allow us to continue our work in lifting up the HBCU community.”

“We are excited about the HBCU Legacy Bowl coming to New Orleans and the opportunity to work with the Black College Football Hall of Fame to present the Career Fair,” said New Orleans and New Orleans Pelicans owner Gayle Benson. “Dillard, Grambling State, Southern and Xavier universities are responsible for educating and nurturing generations of leaders who have made Louisiana a unique vibrant and entrepreneurial community. We are eager to work with the Legacy Bowl to provide greater insights into careers in and around sports and, more importantly, create more opportunities for careers within these industries.”

About The Black College Hall of Fame
The Black College Hall of Fame was founded in 2009 by African-American Pioneers, quarterbacks James Harris and Doug Williams to preserve the history and honor the greatest football players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). There have been 90 inductees since inception, including Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell and Doug Williams, who serve as Trustees.

The Black College Football Hall of Fame presented annually by The Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. For more information, visit www.blackcollegefootballhof.org.

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CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Football Classic (CFC), in collaboration with BMO Harris Bank, Walgreens, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, and The Links Incorporation, will host its 2nd Virtual HBCU Week on November 9-13, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The week-long experience will feature a financial empowerment summit, career fair, prep rally, and college fair.

The events are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, November 9th 6:30 pm-8:30pm
Financial Empowerment Summit, Sponsored by: BMO Harris Bank

An interactive planning seminar, featuring financial experts & college advisors providing guidance to students on the basics of saving for college and discussions on fiscal responsibility

Wednesday, November 10th – Student Health & Counseling Services, Sponsored by: Walgreens

A spirited conversation about simplifying the experience of an undergraduate education, including valuable student assistance and resource programs, such: Medical Services, Counseling, Psychiatry Services, Wellness Programs and Services and Student Insurance

Thursday, November 11th – Career Fair

An exhibition of internships, post-graduation employment and career opportunities for students not planning to attend a four-year institution

Friday, November 12th – Virtual Pep Rally featuring Power 92 Radio, Sponsored by City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, The Links Incorporation

Showcasing HBCU spirit and excitement, highlight past battle of the bands and rally events

Saturday, November 13th – College Fair, Sponsored by BMO Harris Bank

Representatives from HBCUs from across the country will be available to discuss admissions, scholarships, selecting a major and overall campus life

All virtual events will take place from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. The links will be provided upon registration at www.ChicagoFootballClassic.org. For additional information, visit www.ChicagoFootballClassic.org or call (773) 874-8000 X4025.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 SWAC Lifetime Achievement Award. Thomas is an alumnus of Alcorn State.

During his collegiate playing career, Thomas was a standout offensive lineman at Alcorn State where he was a two-time Pittsburgh Courier All-American (1972 and 1973), and was named SWAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1973 – the first and only offensive lineman to win the award. Thomas was a member of the Braves’ 1970 SWAC championship team, and his team, and his teams went a combined 27-8-1.

He is currently in his 20th year as Commissioner of the MEAC, following a period of nearly two decades that has seen the conference remain financially stable, strengthen institutional compliance and improve student-athlete graduation rates. In the process, he has gained the distinction as one of leading collegiate athletics administrators in America.

The steady leadership of Thomas has reassured the league’s student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans alike that their health and safety take precedence over athletics competitions, in keeping with the MEAC’s motto of “Educating Student-Athletes for the Game of Life.”

The MEAC celebrated its Golden Anniversary in 2020-21, celebrating 50 years since its founding in 1970. Under Thomas’ guidance, the conference continues to be a pacesetter even during a global pandemic.

Thomas is scheduled to be formally recognized at the 2021 SWAC Hall of Fame presented by Pepsi on Friday, December 17th at 6 p.m. CST/7 p.m. EST at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

About the SWAC
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams

Current championship competition offered by the league includes competition for men in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Tennis

Women’s competition is offered in the sports of Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.

(CHICAGO, IL) – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has announced its inaugural Emerging Higher Ed Professionals Award recognition that identifies a generation of higher education professionals who demonstrate leadership and a drive to grow professionally. The individuals must serve a historically black college and university (HBCU) or Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI).

The recognition honors professionals who are inspiring others by demonstrating a commitment to the value, mission, and vision of the student affairs space, prioritizing a steadfast commitment to student success through their work, and positively impacting, engaging, and supporting their division and the campus community.

“Each of the recipients has had an impressive career and a wealth of experience as a higher education professional. They also continue to make an impact on the important mission and have met the characteristics of what defines an emerging professional,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., president and CEO, Founder at HBCU Campaign Fund. “I am extremely proud of their continued work and commitment of support for students on a daily basis, to the higher education space, and in the HBCU community. It is an honor to recognize their work and observe their progressive growth throughout their careers.”

Recipients will be granted the opportunity to participate in year-long professional development activities, including mentoring, continuing education opportunities, leadership skills, development, and networking with other senior leaders. Senior leaders will be identified from honorees who are president and chancellor recipients of the Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders Award by HCF.

Support is appreciated to assist with professional development activities for the recipients; click here to make a financial gift to the organization.

Click here to view the inaugural recipients of the 2021 Emerging Higher Ed Professional Award.

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About the HBCU Campaign Fund
The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) was founded in 2012 and is a non-profit educational organization that remains a strong advocate for students and higher education. The mission of HCF is to support the significance and raise funds for scholarships, programs, and private and public HBCUs and MSIs. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Several organizations from across the country are set to participate in the President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris events to celebrate their inauguration.

On January 19th, The Presidential Inaugural Committee will host an evening celebration to honor all within the Black Community and African Diaspora, featuring powerful speakers, inspiring stories, and entertaining performances, including historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) marching bands. This event is called We Are One and will be a virtual event; will include our recently named Most Dominant HBCU Leader of 2021 Tennessee State University President and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. International President and CEO Dr. Glenda Glover and Vice President-Elect Harris is also slated to speak.

The PIC is led by Delaware State University President Dr. Allen, who has known the President-Elect and his family for 25 years – four years of which he served as a special assistant and speechwriter for the then-U.S. Senator Biden in the late 1990s.

The event will be hosted by Terrance J and feature appearances by Leslie Jones, Frankie Beverly, Stacey Abrams, Whip Jim Clyburn, Rep. Cedric Richmond, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Joyce Beatty, Senator Cory Booker, Senator-Elect Rev. Raphael Warnock, Kim Fields, Erika Alexander and Jason George. It will also feature a special performance by Tobe Nwigwe, in addition to performances by DJ D-Nice, The O’Jays, Rapsody, Step Afrika, the String Queens, the Texas Southern University Debate Team, and more.

This event will also include a Battle of the HBCU Bands, featuring Florida A&M University Marching 100, Grambling State University World Famed Marching Band, Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South, Louisiana Leadership Institute All-Star Marching Band, South Carolina State University Marching 101, Southern University Human Jukebox, and the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands.

“We are incredibly honored that the Sonic Boom was asked to join in such a historic occasion. This is a significant opportunity and unforgettable moment for our students in the band program,” said Thomas K. Hudson, Jackson State University President in a statement. “We are truly proud of the work they do on and off the field, and this special performance is a reflection of their commitment to their craft.”

“Even in a pandemic, the World Famed will showcase its talent on a platform that will be seen across the globe,” said Rick Gallot Jr., Grambling State University President in a statement. “We are proud that they will be representing the institution for the inauguration of the first HBCU graduate to serve as Vice President of the United States of America.”

We Are One will steam live on Tuesday, January 19th at 8:00 p.m. at bideninaugural.org and Urban One, HBCU Grad, NowThis, Revolt TV, The Source, The Shade Room, BET, The Grio TV, Daily Kos, Watch The Yard, Blavity, and on NBC Peacock TV – on The Choice, which is Peacock’s free, exclusive news channel. You can also visit bideninaugural.org for a full schedule of other events surrounding the inauguration of the 46th President and 48th Vice President of the United States.

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(CHICAGO, IL) – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has released its annual The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders Award recipients & fourth class. The Ten Most Dominant HBCU leaders Award & Class is a national recognition ranking that was created by the HBCU Campaign Fund, a non-profit that advocates for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The dynamics of higher education in America today are driving the demand for a new set of skills and capabilities for tomorrow’s leaders. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) provide a high-quality education to low-income, first-generation, and academically underprepared students. Also, these institutions as such serves a diverse population while maintaining the role as the backbone of higher education and well underrepresented for more than a 140-year history.

According to HCF’s President & CEO, Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., the fourth selected group of leaders have “proven their responsibilities for shaping policies, changing perspectives, and making decisions that affect millions of peoples lives in the higher education space, and the daily needs of what an HBCU or Minority-Serving Institutions contributes.”

The organization has compiled a list of ten chancellors and presidents that currently serve an HBCU or MSI who plays a prominent and influential role in leadership and displays the characteristics of the following responsibilities in the progression of effectively moving an institution forward.

Click here to see the complete listing of award recipients and fourth-class inductees.

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About the HBCU Campaign Fund
The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) was founded in 2012 and is a non-profit educational organization that remains a strong advocate for students and higher education. The mission of HCF is to support the significance and raise funds for scholarships, programs, and for private and public HBCUs and MSIs. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, has announced a three-year sponsorship agreement with Cricket Wireless, who will be the new title sponsor for the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff and Celebration Bowl. Both events, which are staged in Atlanta, celebrate the tradition, legacy and value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“We are delighted to have Cricket Wireless as the title sponsor of both our football kickoff and bowl games,” said John Grant, executive director for the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff and Celebration Bowl. “These events provide valuable diversity to the sports offering in the city of Atlanta. This relationship reflects our mutul passion for and appreciation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the vaulable contributions they make to our nation. We look forward to working together and building world-class events in a world-class city.”

ESPN Events’ relationship with Cricket began with the sponsorship of the 2018 Celebration Bowl. Cricket’s support of HBCUs began with an agreement with Southern University, which eventually expanded to include sponsorship of the Magic City Classic and Bayou Classic. In October 2020, Cricket and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) announced a sponsorship agreement extension through 2023.

“At Cricket, we’re all about creating a meaningful connection with our customers and within the communities where we operate,” said Tiffany Baehman, vice president and chief marketing officer, Cricket Wireless. “Our extended relationship with ESPN allows us to continue to introduce our brand to HBCU students, alumni and fans. It also means that we can help amplify the rich culture and legacy of HBCUs, and the positive impact they have on the Black community.

The Cricket Wireless MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff – an early-season matchup of HBCU football teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) – is played at the Georgia State’s Center Parc Credit Union Stadium. The Cricket Celebration Bowl is played each year, with the game typically opening the college bowl season, from Mercedes Benz Stadium.

Due to the current health pandemic, both events were cancelled for the 2020 season, but excepted to return in 2021. Fans can re-live and enjoy last year’s Celebration Bowl between Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. on ESPNU. Those interesed in joining a virtual watch party can sign up here.

Information regarding the Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff and Cricket Celebration Bowl can be found at www.meacswacchallenge.com and www.TheCelebrationBowl.com.

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About Cricket Wireless
Cricket is focused on inspiring smiles, one meaningful connection at a time. Cricket offer an easy and high-quality wireless experience on their reliable nationwide network. Their affordable, straightforward service plans include monthly taxes, and don’t require an annual contract. Their customers also enjoy basic to top-brand phones at affordable prices.

Visit www.cricketwireless.com to learn more or find a store near you. Stay up-to-date with the Cricket Newsroom and connect with Cricket on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Smile. You’re on Cricket.

About ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes four early-season college football games, 17 college bowl game, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite office in more than 10 markets across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conference, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Kentucky State University’s fourteenth and first female president, Dr. Mary L. Smith, 84, passed away on November 28, surrounded by her loved ones at home.

A trailblazer and a longtime advocate for access to education, Dr. Smith was not only Kentucky State’s first female president but also the first African-American female college president in Kentucky. Dr. Smith served as president from 1991 to 1998. Before becoming president, she was special assistant to the president and professor at Kentucky State.

Smith also previously served as interim president and vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Smith became an assistant professor of education at Kentucky in 1974, then associate professor of education and acting chairperson of the Division of Education, Human Resources and Technology in 1981. In 1883, Dr. Smith became dean of the College of Applied Sciences and professor of education.

Dr. Smith graduated from Jackson State University in 1957 and earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Smith will lie in state at Kentucky State University on Thursday, December 4, 2020, in the Carl H. Smith Auditorium in David H. Bradford Hall from noon until 5 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to pay their respects and sign the University’s guest book. Security will be present and COVID-19 regulations will be highly enforced with only 25 guest permitted in Carl H. Smith Auditorium at a time.

A private service will be held Friday in the David H. Bradford Hall Little Theater. The service will be broadcast via Zoom:

Time: Dec 4, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://kysu.zoom.us/j/96422591180

Meeting ID: 964 2259 1180

Tributes may be made to the Dr. Mary Levi Smith Endowed Scholarship at www.kysu.edu/give.

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