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Presidential Symposium: The Essence of the HBCU Experience Howard University Cramton Auditorium

Symposium Welcome: 9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
HBCU Presidents Forum: 9:40 a.m.
The Next Step in the "Long Walk": 11:10 a.m.
Why I Chose to Attend an HBCU: 2:10 p.m.
Keepers of the Culture: 3:40 p.m.

The Presidential Symposium will explore topics that highlight the diverse contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the development of our nation and global community. Participants in the first session will include Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau, Paul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell, and Tennessee State University President Glenda Baskin Glover. David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will moderate. 

The second morning session, “Next Step in the Long Walk: A Candle in the Dark,” will explore the legacy of HBCUs and ways to develop a strategic path for the future. The panel will feature Howard professors Greg Carr, Ivory A. Toldson and Dana Williams and Morehouse professors Bryant T. Marks and David Wall Rice. Retired HBCU president Tilden J. LeMelle will moderate.

In the first afternoon session, undergraduates will reflect on “Why I Chose to Attend an HBCU.” Panelists will explore the uniqueness of the Morehouse, Howard and Spelman experiences at the undergraduate level. The panelists are Howard University students Alexis Boyd, Dominique Perkins and Layla June West, Morehouse student A.J. Simpson, and Spelman student Shanteal Lavern Lake. Howard Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, will moderate.

The final session of the Presidential Symposium, “Keepers of the Culture,” will delve into the one-of-a-kind HBCU cultural experience. The discussion will include topics associated with music, fashion, talent shows, marching bands, and homecoming festivities. The panel will include Jeff Burns, Jr., author of The Brotherhood of Drew Hall, and Franchell “Frenchie” Davis, Grammy-nominated artist and vocalist who appeared on American Idol and The Voice. Marcus Ware of Howard University’s Office of Student Affairs will moderate.

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