The alumni of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have partnered with big-named sponsors to present the “Comcast HBCU Alumni Soiree,” an event intended to celebrate the history, legacy and community service of HBCU alumni.
The event organized by the D.C. Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance (DCHBCU), will be held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Friday, Sept. 8.
Samuel Washington, co-founder of DCHBCU and member of the Alcorn State University D.C. Metro Alumni Chapter, called the upcoming event “historic,” saying that there are very few events that highlight and celebrate the achievements of HBCU graduates.
“We want to show people how important HBCU alumni are to the D.C. Metro area,” Washington said.
DCHBCU stands as a coalition of about 50 HBCU alumni association chapters in the D.C. region, with about 100,000 alumni residing in the area. Created in 2012, the umbrella organization allows the local HBCU alumni chapters to collaborate on philanthropic and community service initiatives.
Now the group wants to celebrate their accomplishments.
The soiree will be the organization’s first such event, the inaugural fundraiser that honors alumni from HCBUs who have excelled in their careers and made profound impacts on the region.
“This is for all HBCU alumni in the area,” Washington said.
HBCU alumni will be honored at the event for their professional achievements. The awards will be given for excellence in six categories: communications, public affairs, education, business, community involvement and young alumni.
Among those slated to be honored at the soiree are WTTG-TV (Channel 5)’s Allison Seymour and Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson.
“HBCUs seem have been given a bad name, for whatever reason, but we want to highlight what HBCU alumni do [for their communities],” Washington said. “HBCU alumni are a major part of the D.C. metro area, and they influence so many fields.”
The black-tie event will proceed with a red-carpet; open bar; hosting by WHUR’s Harold T. Fisher, a D.C. native and Morgan State University graduate, and a performance by the legendary R&B band Midnight Star, which formed at the HBCU Kentucky State University in 1976.
Tickets range from $125-$150 and $100 is tax deductible. More ticket information can be found at dchbcu.org.
Washington said he expects a large crowd based on current ticket sales.
“People are buying the tickets like crazy,” he said.
Washington said proceeds for the event will go to support DCHBCU’s food, higher education and health community service initiatives and to help the alumni chapters and their respective schools.