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High school students who wish to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will have the opportunity to learn about the academic offerings, history, and pride of colleges and universities through a series of one-day events.

The HBCU party will take place Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.

Started in 2015 by Howard University alumnus Dr. Martin, the nonprofit provides admissions resources, HBCU enrollment opportunities, scholarships, career resources for industry experts and entrepreneurs and entertainment for attendees.

“This is our first time bringing HBCU Night to Philadelphia and we’re really excited about it because there are HBCUs in Pennsylvania and Delaware,” said HBCU Founder and CEO Buzz Luke Lawal Jr.

“For us, it’s just about trying to attack high school students who are looking to go to HBCUs and provide those students with a direct connection and also see what HBCUs have to offer,” he said. -he declares.

“We’ve partnered with many local alumni associations to come to the stadium and provide resources for students to apply or gain same-day admission,” Lawal added.

Lawal, who is an alumnus of Bowie State University and a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, came up with the idea for HBCU Buzz after realizing there was a gap in how HBCUs were covered in the news. .

Since 2011, HBCU Buzz has been an information clearinghouse for prospective students, current students, and alumni who attended historically black colleges and universities.

From campus news to alumni news, sports and entertainment, the outlet covers more than 100 HBCUs and has worked with Fortune 500 companies.

“Whenever something good happened at Bowie, people wouldn’t talk about it, but if someone died on campus, it was made public,” Lawal said.

“I think the same year someone was killed (at Bowie State),” he added. “It was my first time seeing the press on campus, so it was like, ‘Wow, how can we change this perception?’ That’s why I started HBCU Buzz.

Lawal said the partnership between HBCU Buzz and HBCU Night was fitting because both their organizations have the same goal – to provide more resources and enrollment opportunities for HBCUs.

“Dre contacted me and said he wanted to find a way to attract more HBCU students and graduates to the Barclay Center,” Lawal said.

“However, there were a large number of high schools that didn’t know what an HBCU was, so we focused on alumni who can come to Brooklyn to talk about what HBCUs have to offer,” a- he declared.

“When we started we had around 30 students, but at our last event we had 600 students,” Lawal added. “Both of our organizations have similar missions, so it was fitting that we partnered to bring more students to attend HBCUs across the country.”

Among the events at the Wells Fargo Center are a college fair, roundtable, and social events for alumni.

The roundtable, titled HBCU Talks, will be led by Lawal, HBCU Week Foundation Founder and CEO Ashley Christopher and College Gurl Foundation Founder and President Jessica Brown. Martin will be the discussion moderator.

In previous years, HBCU Night, Inc. has hosted a slew of in-person college fairs, career fairs, educational panels, and alumni fundraisers. During the pandemic, the organization has maintained momentum with the launch of its virtual college fair series, A Digital World.

In 2020, the organization connected more than 38,000 scholars with HBCU recruiters and helped facilitate more than $52 million in scholarships to students in more than 1,200 cities around the world.

“During the roundtable, we will discuss the importance of HBCUs and our experiences,” Lawal said. “The children will be able to ask us what they want.

“What’s really unique about the roundtable this year is that we have people on the panel who can provide opportunities and scholarships,” he said. “We also organize social events for alumni.

“We have like an HBCU takeover at the stadium where we bring in Greek fraternities and sororities and they will perform at half-time during the game,” Lawal added. “There is always a Happy Hour social element where alumni can socialize as well. It will be a great day not only for students, but also for alumni.

Lawal said what he wanted students to take away from the event was the excitement of going to an HBCU.

“I want them to be excited to attend an HBCU,” Lawal said. “The purpose of this event is to give them a taste of what life on campus could be like. If we can get more students to attend HBCUs, we will have done our job.