Since its inception in 2004, the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance has embodied the spirit of HBCUs through community service, economic empowerment and fellowship between HBCU alumni. Based in the metro-Atlanta area, the alliance is lead by Dan Ford of North Carolina A&T State University and James Paschal of Xavier University. The group brings together representatives from 35 area HBCU alumni chapters including Alcorn State University, Benedict College, Central State University, Fort Valley State University, and Kentucky State University to name a few.
What the Alliance Does
As a group, the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance has many functions. In addition to playing a large role in recruiting students and making them aware of their options, this alumni association hosts a variety of fund-raising events dedicated to raising money for HBCUs.
Meetings of the Atlanta Alliance are held every month, with a representative from each chapter (school) urged to attend. Functions, fundraisers and other pertinent issues are discussed at each meeting.
The Atlanta Alliance is also very involved in the preservation, integrity and reputation of the HBCUs they represent and HBCUs as a whole. Many associated colleges have very important places in American history, and this long line of perseverance, triumph and success deserves recognition and protection.
HBCU Community Events
Three major events highlight the year for the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance. These events are fun, worthwhile and raise a great deal of money for students and schools.
HBCU Annual Mixer – Held each January, features live music as students bands battle it out during the annual Honda Battle of the Bands. This event is a great place to network, raise money for local high school students pursuing a quality higher education, and hear some great music!
HBCU Alumni 5K Run/Walk – Testing the endurance of supporters, the Annual 5K Run/Walk is the largest event of its kind in the entire country. In addition to raising money for deserving area students (over $200,000 since its first year), it raises awareness of the unfortunately high incidence of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes in the African American community, with a focus on prevention through healthy living. In 2012, the run/walk hosted 2,500 participants.
Memorial Day Jazz In the Park, Game Day Challenge and Flag Football Tournament – Combining sports and music in a festive, outdoor setting, the annual Jazz in the Park/Game Day Challenge is held each Memorial Day. Attendees can participate in a variety of games, ranging from touch football to board games, while enjoying live music from the Jazz Festival. This outdoor event takes place in Piedmont Park and is a great place to network.
Form more alumni related information or for specific events dates please visit the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance Web site.
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