HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) presents a traditional gift to the Miss UAPB organization during homecoming

HCF President and Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., with Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Ashleigh Tate during her coronation on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) President and Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s homecoming last week to present a traditional gift to the Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff organization.

This year’s crowned queen is Ashleigh Tate, a Pine Bluff, Arkansas native senior at the university majoring in Education Middle School. She was officially crowned during her coronation on Wednesday, October 12th. During the coronation ceremony, HCF President presented the traditional HCF Miss UAPB sweatshirt which is white with HCF logo in the front, her first initial, last name and reigning number on the back in black and gold (pictured below). Each year, HCF will present this gift to the reigning Miss UAPB and her organization.

Again, the board of directors, committee members and staff at HBCU Campaign Fund congratulates Ashleigh Tate, thee 87th Miss UAPB and Royal Court on their coronation ceremony and for representing HBCU Royalty.

If you would like to assist with the efforts of HCF in supporting HBCU education such as funding the Miss UAPB sweatshirt, student scholarships, services at HBCU’s and the operations of HCF,  you may do so by giving a donation on our website here.

About HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit organization based out of Chicago, that is nation-wide and mission to supporting the significance and campaign to raise funds for student scholarships and services at HBCU’s. HCF serves as advocates for students, alumni and HBCU/Predominately Black institutions.

HCF was founded in 2012 and works to display the positivity of HBCU’s and assist in maintaining the enthusiasm and interest of making an HBCU one of the top choices of today for college-seeking students. HCF is divided into five (5) divisions: recruitment, social affairs, alumni affairs, historical records and development and works in those areas to assist students, alumni and HBCU’s.

For more information about HCF and its mission, visit its website at www.hbcucampaignfund.org.


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Chicago State University to open doors to Chicago Public High School Students during teachers strike

fullsizerender-9CHICAGO, IL – Chicago State University, a predominately black institution located on 9501 S. King Drive on Chicago’s South Side has announced that the institution will open its doors to more than 300 Chicago Public  high school students in response to the impending CPS Teachers Strike which is schedule to take place on October 11.

Earlier this month members of the Chicago Teachers Union voted in favor of a walkout of the classrooms. The union announced that a strike date was set for October 11. Teachers are unified and ready to walk out on that day. The strike comes after a contract agreement that has not been signed by the state and that the pay raise received is not generous because CPS continues to demand that teachers begin paying seven percent of their take home pay into their pension fund.

In part of CSU’s open door initiative during the strike, the opportunity will give high school students a more glimpse of what college life is seen as in a predominately/historically black perspective. Students will be offer workshops in the areas of Math, English and Science and a variety of college preparedness activities. This will also give Chicago State a hike at a chance in raising enrollment for the upcoming years.

If you are interested in enrolling your student in Chicago State’s open door program during the Chicago Teachers strike, you can register here.  Visit www.csu.edu for more information regarding Chicago State University.



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HBCU Campaign Fund Announces its 2nd Annual Hottest HBCU DJ Competition

IMG_0849.JPGWho is the HOTTEST DJ on the “Yard” within the campuses of the 107 historically black college and university?

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) organization announces its second year of its “Hottest HBCU DJ” competition, which will begin voting on October 12th and run until the 31st.

Last year competition winner was Chris Marshall, who goes by the name of DJ Chris Cross and attends the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Aslo, FAMU alumnus and 2014 McDonald’s Flavor Battle DJ DJ R-Tistic announced the contest winner via video.


2015 HCF Hottest HBCU DJ competition winner DJ Chris Cross (Chris Marshall) – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

All HBCU DJ’s that are interest can now register to enter the competition on our website here.

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Remembering former Benedict College and Tuskegee University President Dr. Benjamin Payton

Payton1.jpgAfter serving the mission of Tuskegee University for almost 30 years as president, Dr. Benjamin Payton passed away on the morning of Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Dr. Payton was one of nine children born to Reverend Leroy R. and Sarah Payton in Orangeburg, South Carolina. His father was a rural Baptist minister as well as a farmer and teacher. Following his father’s example, Payton attended South Carolina State University where he earned his B.A. in sociology with honors in 1955. In 1958 he received his B.D. in philosophical theology from Harvard University, and was Danforth graduate fellow from 1955 to 1963. In November of the following year he married Thelma Louise Payton of Evanston, Illinois. He continued his education, by earning an M.A. in philosophy from Columbia University in 1960, and in 1963, he received his Ph.D. in ethics from Yale University.

Payton held a variety of leadership positions that intertwined his interests in religion, race, and education. In 1963, Payton became assistant professor of sociology of religion and social ethics at Howard University. He also served as director of the Howard University Community Service Project in Washington, D.C. In 1965, he became the director of the Office of Church and Race, Protestant Council of the City of New York, serving for one year. He than move on as an executive director of the Commission on Religion and Race and the Department of Social Justice of the National Council of Churches in the USA, where he served until 1967. That year, he than became president of Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. He held this position until 1972, when he became program officer of Education and Public Policy for the Ford Foundation in New York City. In 1981, he than became the president of Tuskegee University where he served until 2010. In 2010, Tuskegee University named Payton President Emeritus.

Succeeding Dr. Luther H. Foster, who had served as Tuskegee’s president for 28 years. Payton, as the institution’s fifth president, followed in the footsteps of men who had worked hard to make it a superior institution of higher education for blacks, and later for all races throughout the South and the United States. The institution was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington to educate rural blacks, most of whom received little or no education at the time. The second president, Robert Russa Moton, battle unbridled racism when he fought to have the Tuskegee Veterans Hospital administrated and rub by an all-black staff. The university developed over the years into an educational institution of renown among black and white colleges for its programs, including a distinguished Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering. Payton became president of the Institute during its centennial celebration.

During Payton’s tenure, he received presidential appointments; Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) in 1983; he served for three years. he became team leader of the Presidential Task Force on Agricultural and Economic Development to Zaire in 1984. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan gave the commencement address to the graduating class. The President was also on hand for the dedication of the university’s General Daniel “Chap-Pie” James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education. General James was the first black 4-star Air Force general and a graduate of Tuskegee University.

Over 30 years of leadership, Dr. Payton has indeed followed in the footsteps of many great men who served at Tuskegee University or who graduated from it. He helped transform it into an institution of higher learning that is nationally and internationally recognized for its competency in many fields but especially in the biomedical sciences, engineering, life and physical sciences, agriculture and the food sciences, education, and business. He said the goal of his administration is to strengthen significantly Tuskegee’s image as a national and regional center of excellence. He left a solid set of footprints for future presidents of the university to follow.

Dr. Payton leaves behind one son, Mark Steven (Christiane) Payton, one daughter, Deborah Elizabeth Payton; four grandchildren, Danielle Marie, Maya Elizabeth, William Isaac and Nicholas Warren Payton; and three brothers and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Plane Payton, in 2013, and by two of his brothers, Leroy Oscar Payton and James Israel Payton, in 1998 and 1999.


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Writer, HBCU alum, Civil Rights and Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King to speak at Philander Smith College

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Writer, HBCU alum, Civil Rights and prominent Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King will serve as the keynote speaker at a community event entitled “#BlackLivesMatter in the Media.” This free and open to the public event will take place on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm in the M.L. Harris Auditorium on the campus of Philander Smith College.

A 2002 graduate of Morehouse College, King is best known for his work as a senior justice writer for the New York Daily News. His job focuses on reporting and commentary on justice, police brutality and race relations.

King will be joined by Malik Saafir, founder and president of the Janus Institute for Justice. Saafir will moderate the panel discussion between activist including Little Rock’s own Rae Nelson. One of the panelist, Ashley Yates, was an organizer in Ferguson during the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown.

If you wish to attend this event, you can RSVP by visiting the event Facebook page.


Source: http://www.thv11.com/news/local/prominent-black-lives-matter-figure-shaun-king-to-speak-at-philander-smith-on-sept-30/319447625.

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Author, hip-hop scholar and political activist Kevin Powell to speak at KSU

img_3538FRANKFORT, KY – Acclaimed author, hip-hop scholar and political activist Kevin Powell will speak to students on Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8 at Kentucky State University, located in Frankfort, Kentucky.

On Wednesday, September 7, Powell will hold “Conversations with Kevin: Ladies Only” at 7pm in the Student Center Ballroom. The hip-hop scholar will than speak at 11am on Thursday, September 8 in the Bradford Hall Auditorium as part of the Convocation Lecture Series.

Also on Thursday, Powell will hold “Conversations with Kevin: Greeks Only” at 3pm and “Conversations with Kevin: Gentleman Only” at 7pm. Both talks will be held in the Student Center Ballroom.

Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. He is a native of Jersey City and a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Powell is the author of 12 books, including his newest title, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood. It is a critically acclaimed and brutally honest memoir about his life, including his youth.

In 2018, he will publish a biography of Tupac Shakur, the late rapper and controversial American icon. His writings have also appeared in CNN.com, Esquire, Ebony, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, ESPN.com and Vibe Magazine, where he worked for many years as a senior writer, interviewing such diverse public figures as Tupac Shakur and General Colin Powell.


Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University, affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students to compete in a multifaceted, ever-changing global society by providing student-centered learning while integrating teaching, research and service through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Frankfort, Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 1,700 students.

For more information about Kentucky State University, visit their website at www.kysu.edu.

Source: http://kysu.edu/2016/09/02/author-political-activist-kevin-powell-will-speak-at-ksu/.

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HCF celebrates the 53rd Anniversary mark of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

MarchonWashington1CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund organization celebrates today which marks the 53rd anniversary of one of the largest political rallies for human rights demanding civil and economic rights for African-Americans in the United States, the March on Washington which took placed on August 28, 1963.

The march was organized by A. Phillip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, who built an alliance of civil rights, labor and religious organizations that came together under the banner of “jobs and freedom.”

Today the march was an important part of the rapidly  expanding Civil Rights Movement, which involved demonstrations and nonviolent direct action across the United States. 1963 also marked the hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln.

A. Phillip Randolph, who was the president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, President of the Negro American Labor Council, and vice-president of the AFL-CIO.  Bayard Rustin was a leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights.

“HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) organization take a pause to stand to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom because not only  it was a historical event , but it symbolize for African-American social living in the United States of America”  said Demetrius Johnson Jr., President of HCF. “This day brought together members of all sorts of organizations, to unite as one to state that African-Americans are people as well who deserve the same equal rights as other races. It also marks the day that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.”

Thousands travel by road, rail, and air to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28. The march estimate number of participants of 250,000 people.


The program included leaders Rev. Patrick O’Boyle, A. Philip Randolp, Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, Mrs. Medgar Evans, John Lewis, Walter Reuther, James Farmer, Whitney Young Jr., Mathew Ahmann, Roy Wilkins, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., former Morehouse President Dr. Bejamin E. Mays.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his American dream, “But on hundred year later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come her today to dramatize a shameful condition.”

Dr. King ends the speech with saying, “We will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro Spiritual:  Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

“As we live in today with senseless violence that continues to roll in the black communities among one another, we must inherent the events that was taken place and persons who lost their lives for African-Americans NO matter how long ago it took place to be more appreciative today to even be able to walk down the street and claim as a so-called “gang member”. said Demetrius Johnson Jr.”There was a time you could not even walk down the street freely. African-Americans lost lives in protests, marches and other events that was organized to fight for African-Americans to even live properly in the United States today.”

We must not forget employment discrimination, economic inequality, police brutality, voter suppression, and segregated schooling. Laws that keep African-Americans away from the voting polls. segregated schooling lead to the creation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Do we continue commit to Dr. King’s dream of unity?

The years following included the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Selma Voting Rights Movement. The first march took place on March 8, 1965, and lead to an even which become know as Bloody Sunday. On March 15, 1965, President Johnson presented a bill to a join session of Congress. The bill was passed on August 6, 1965, and signed by Johnson as the Voting Rights Act.


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