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Wilmington’s Celebration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Month Continues

Post Date:09/15/2017 4:31 PM


HBCU campus experience comes to Helen Chambers Park on Sunday, September 17; Mayor Purzycki to sign proclamation

The City of Wilmington and HBCU Delaware Coalition, Inc., have a special weeklong series of events planned throughout the City as the celebration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Month continues. The events promote awareness among local students and their families about HBCUs, as well recognize the significance of these historic institutions.


A Mayoral Proclamation signing ceremony with Mayor Mike Purzycki will take place at HBCU Community Day on Sunday, September 17, as HBCU alumni, admissions representatives, Greek organizations, and special invited guests come together to recreate an authentic HBCU campus experience in the heart of West Center City. The event, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Helen Chambers Park on Madison Street, will feature entertainment by DJ Big Ant as well as the DSU Drum Line, Dancers and Cheerleaders. Food will also be provided.


Sunday’s community day will also include remarks from Louise Ballard, widow of State police Corporal Stephen J. Ballard, who was killed in the line of duty in April. Ms. Ballard is a graduate of Howard Law School; her late husband graduated from Delaware State University. Also scheduled to speak are Dr. Harry L. Williams, president of Delaware State University; Steve Washington, president of HBCU Delaware Coalition, Inc.; and Valerie Dinkins, Executive Director of DSU Wilmington. Mayor Purzycki will present Dr. Williams with the HBCU Month Proclamation around 4 p.m.


Other upcoming HBCU events include a Happy Hour Fundraiser for black professionals, a beautification project at Nativity Preparatory School, a live hour-long program on LAPA Public Access TV28 and a College Fair and Financial Aid Seminar in the City County Building lobby. Various members of the Mayor’s staff have also visited area schools to talk about their HBCU experience and encourage the students to enroll at an HBCU.

A summary of the upcoming HBCU events include:

Proclamation Signing/Community Day Ceremony

Where: Helen Chambers Park, 600 N. Madison St.

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  

Nativity Prep Beautification Project

Where: Nativity Preparatory School, 1515 Linden St. 

When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Local Public Access TV 28 HBCU program – Live Taping

Where: LAPA Public Access TV28, 2801 Lancaster Avenue 

When: Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  

College Fair and Financial Aid Seminar*

Where: Louis L. Redding City County Building Lobby 

When: Friday, September 22, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

*Schools attending thus far include Delaware State University, Bowie State University, Lincoln University, Coppin State University, Virginia State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Hampton University, Morehouse College, Cheney University, Norfolk State University and Morgan State University  

Happy Hour Fundraiser for Black Professionals

Where: Ernest & Scott Taproom, 902 N. Market St. 

When: Friday, September 22, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

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