JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University of Missouri is set to serve as host of the Annual Mister HBCU Kings’ Leadership Conference and Competition from January 31-February 3, 2018. It is in its 14th year. The competition is scheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Richardson Fine Arts Center, located on Lincoln University’s campus.

The mission of the Leadership Conference is to enhance the leadership skills for university males by creating an infrastructure for leadership that enables them to develop as spokespersons, role models, and leaders in their universities and communities. The participants will gain from experts speakers, forum, and workshops. The conference will culminate in a competition on Saturday, February 3, 2018, that showcases each participants talent, oratorical skills, ease of manner and professional bearing.

This year’s competition will feature 15 campus kings: Bowie State University, Harris-Stowe State University, Winston-Salem State University, Prairie View A&M University, Langston University, Howard University, North Carolina A&T State University, Fisk University, Huston-Tillotson University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Talladega College, and North Carolina Central University. Mr. Rakeeb Akande, Mister Savannah State University was crowned Mister HBCU 2017-2018.

Pictured (left to right): Tevin Smith, Mister Delaware State University, first runner-up and Best Talent; Rakeeb Akande, Mister HBCU 2017-2018; Patrick Minor, Mister North Carolina Central University, second runner-up and Best Oratory. (Courtesy of the Mister HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition)

The creation of the Mr. HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition is credited to Mrs. Benecia Spencer Williams. Mrs. Williams is former Vice President for Advancement and Director, Alumni Affairs at Lincoln University of Missouri. Since the event is held on the campus of Lincoln University, Mister Lincoln University, Lorenzo A. Beach will not participate in the competition as a contestant. He will serve as a host for the week-long of events.

Each contestant will deliver a three-minute original speech entitled “As Mister HBCU, how will your platform ensure that the HBCU experience remains relevant in the world of educational privilege?” Also, each contestant will perform a three-minute talent presentation. Contestants will be critiqued on punctuality, etiquette, professionalism, and presentation.

The Mister HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition accepts your support of its campus kings participants and endeavors through a donation. Donations may be sent to:

Lincoln University of Missouri
Mister HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

For more information about the Mister HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition, contact Angela Martin at (573) 681-5502 or email or Paul Small at (573) 681-5266 or email

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