NEWARK, NJ (December 15) — Ahead of the upcoming Michael B. Jordan fronted Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic at Newark’s Prudential Center Arena, the three local New Jersey Chapters of Hampton University, Howard University and North Carolina Central University host a series of “fun”-raising events to undergird their efforts to support New Jersey students and parents through application to matriculation at each academic institution.
The collaborative “HBCU Black Classic Excellence Weekend” kicks off Thursday, December 16th at 5:30pm with a Welcome Reception at the Robert Treat Hotel’s Medallion Fine Dining Restaurant and continues on Friday, December 17th in partnership with Newark based Have You Met Newark? Walking Tours and popular Brick City Bar Crawl. In partnership with the Invesco Legacy Classic Committee, the local chapters are able to offer lucky participants the opportunity to win free game tickets.“HUCANJ serves the Bison community of New Jersey by connecting alumni, supporting current students, and strengthening Howard’s position as a premier institute of higher learning” states Velva Dawson, President of the Howard University Alumni Club of New Jersey.
Dawson continues “When alumni give and engage, we have the power to make an immediate impact on the lives of students and the institution we truly value. Our local work, supports scholarships to Howard University bound undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and meet academic requirements.”Historically Black Colleges and Institutions (HBCU) or “land-grant institutions” were founded through the 1890 Morrill Act of the U.S. Congress have been underfunded in comparison to their Predominantly White Institution (PWI) counterparts. As the world experienced tremendous upheaval during the “twin pandemics” of COVID-19 and national uprisings, pre-existing disparities in labor market outcomes left BIPOC (Black Indigenous Persons of Color) households more vulnerable than others to the COVID-19 recession. Local HBCU alumni chapters have a vital role in supporting the pipeline of academically eligible talent to higher education.