The Programs and Initiatives are designed and implemented to highlight the accomplishments of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through their graduates and students.

We have been able to effectively impact growth and development
through our initiatives and these signature programs listed below in which we seek support:

The Positive Image Program enlightens elementary, middle, and high school students on the viability of HBCU’s as an option for higher learning. Participating HBCU Competition Queens and their respective Kings visit selected schools in the surrounding Atlanta area to encourage positive leadership and build self-esteem. On the Thursday during Hall of Fame Weekend the Queens and Kings engage in conversation with the students focusing on leadership roles in the community, school community and organizations. They enlighten the schools they visit on being a positive role model and the importance of higher education. They also encourage students to be involved in school organizations and school activities that will reflect good leadership that will carry them into their college career and beyond. The Queens and Kings expand on their personal testimonies or their leadership roles to lead the students in the right direction.

The Call to Womanhood workshop is for young women and Queen’s Competition participants to have a private session where they can share their personal experiences and plan steps to overcome adversity. Moderators such as Judge Glenda Hatchett take the lead in helping these young women delve deep into many of their experiences and finding positive solutions to life’s challenges. These workshops encourage responsible behavior and provide guidance and support from many women.

The Call to Manhood workshop is for young men and HBCU Kings to have a private session where they can share their personal experiences and plan steps to overcome adversity. Moderators such as Hank Stewart take the lead in helping these young men delve deep into many of their experiences and finding positive solutions to life’s challenges. These workshops encourage responsible behavior and provide guidance and support from many men.

One of the Hall of Fame’s many initiatives is its nationally recognized Legacy Lecture Series. The NBCA Hall of Fame launched the Legacy Lecture Series in an effort to broaden the knowledge and experiences of college students by exposing them to the successes of a diverse group of African American scholars and professionals. Developed in 2007, the Legacy Lecture Series establishes a portal to use the talents of graduates of HBCUs, and corporate and community leaders who share their collective wisdom, knowledge and experiences with the next generation of leaders, while promoting the viability of HBCUs.

The Series is dedicated to motivating young adults – African Americans in particular – to develop leadership behaviors as they embark on the transition to manhood or womanhood. The lectures focus on the development of professional character, ethical standards, entrepreneurship and leadership skills that will empower the next generation of future leaders as they prepare for and embark upon the ever changing world and work place.

We have visited these HBCUs this past year for the tour: Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Bethune-Cookman University, Texas Southern University, Virginia Union University, Fisk University and Benedict College.

Contact Merral Jackson at mjackson@twd-inc.net or at (404) 524-1106 to schedule a Legacy Lecture Series at your school.

Leadership is an essential component of sustaining communities and improving the quality of life for cities, states, the nation and the world. In this regard, The NBCA Hall of Fame Foundation in partnership with the Andrew J. Young Foundation, launched the Andrew Young Emerging Leaders Institute (AYEL). The AYEL is designed to assist students at HBCUs, as well as high school students, in developing and/or honing their leadership skills with emphasis on understanding some of the entrepreneurial, social, technological, economic and political trends and the impact that these likely to occur over the next 20 years and the impact that these trends and events may have on their lives.

Leaders across various industries including medicine, business, entertainment, athletics and other professionals who are committed to the development of HBCUs come together to share their knowledge with current HBCU students.