Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of generosity, that invites people to give back to causes that matter to them.

Thank you for all of the ways that you’ve supported and advocated for the HBCU Campaign Fund – we couldn’t achieve our impact without you. Your gifts make such a life-changing investment to the mission and purpose of our organization, and with your continued generosity it will allow us to take our mission even further.

We invite you to support by helping our organization reach our fundraising goal of $25,000 by midnight with a donation.

We thank you for your continued support of our mission!

Friends and supporters are invited to provide their support to the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) in raising the necessary funds to further its continued mission supporting students and higher education by making a gift on #GivingTuesday, November 29. Gifts donated during HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign will be used where needed most in support of students attending HBCUs and higher education, specifically Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs).

HCF is pleased to join in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses individuals, communities, and organizations’ collective power to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. The organization’s set fundraising goal is $25,000.

“HCF continues to grow and strengthen its advocacy mission to support students and higher education. Our organization works tirelessly, and we will continue to be among the leading orgs that inspire and transform the HBCU and PBI community and assist those students in need to achieve their educational aspirations successfully,” said HCF Founder, President & CEO Demetrius Johnson, Jr. “With our supporters’ help, the fight to Campaign For HBCUs will continue and ensure that HCF can complete its vital assignment that is very much understood. Our organization stands aside HBCUs and MSIs and supports their needs in providing quality education to many students from various backgrounds. Our fundraising goal will provide the leverage needed for our organization to strengthen our philanthropy abilities to overcome and continue supporting students and higher ed institutions. Thank you so much for your continued support!”

Leading up to #GivingTuesday, donors are encouraged to join the movement by posting a #Unselfie on social media or speaking about why you support HCF as an HBCU supportive organization and using the campaign hashtag #HCFGivingDay. You can sign-up to volunteer as a Social Media Ambassador to provide HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign and share the #GivingTuesday social media post/flyers (pictured below) on social media.

For more information, donors are welcomed to visit the HCF’s Giving Tuesday campaign page. The organization has identified four scholarship funds and initiative programs that donors can assist with in reaching its goal to continue benefiting students and our partners.

  • Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour
  • The Brenda G. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • HBCU General Scholarship Fund
  • Campus Student Ambassador Program

Higher education can be the debt of students in accomplishing their educational goals. In order to fulfill our mission at HCF and make a difference, the campaign for students, HBCUs and MSIs is vital. We ask of your support and we hope that you choose HCF as your charity of choice on #GivingTuesday, November 29th!

About HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF)
HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a nonprofit educational organization that support the significance and raises funds for scholarship, initiative programming, and for private and public HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains a strong advocates for students and higher education. For more information, visit

About GivingTuesday
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundred of million people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. For more information, visit


Dr. Anthony J. Davis was named the 13th President of Livingstone College unanimously during the Board of Trustees’ annual fall meeting held on Thursday, September 22. Dr. Davis is a 2001 graduate of the institution.

SALISBURY, NC – The Livingstone College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Anthony J. Davis as the 13th president of the College, announced by the College on Thursday.

The announcement was made Thursday, Sept. 22, during the Board of Trustees’ annual fall meeting held on campus, following an executive session. Davis, an alumnus of Livingstone College, currently serves as senior vice president of Institutional Advancement and chief operating officer.

“The Search Committee was very intentional on finding someone that would embrace students, understand the culture of the school and be familiar with the community,” said Bishop Kenneth Monroe, chairman of the board. “We had good candidates. We had to look at the vision of the person and if that person was able to connect with the ideals we were looking for.”

“I recognized Dr. Davis’ talents and his willingness to roll up his sleeves and to work hard. That’s why I appointed him chief operating officer,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., outgoing Livingstone College President. “In essence, he has been practicing to step into the step of president.”

“I’m happy, I’m humbled, and I’m honored to be selected to serve as the 13th president of Livingstone College,” said Davis. “Twenty-one years ago, I started on this journey to become president. It is true what poet Langston Hughes said, ‘Dreams don’t die, they are deferred.’”

“I praise the Livingstone College Board of Trustees and the Search Committee for their authenticity and thoughtfulness in selecting a leader who embraces a student-centered environment and heeds the culture of the College. Someone who will dominate to fill the shoes of what Dr. Jenkins’ legacy has already marked,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., Founder, President & CEO at HBCU Campaign Fund. “I truly applaud Dr. Jenkins for an amazing job well done. He is truly a trailblazer in the space of higher ed and HBCUs. And I congratulate Dr. Davis on becoming the 13th President of the College. We at HCF appreciate his continuous leadership and wish very best in his tenure.”

Prior to Livingstone College, Davis served as the vice president for development with The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, the nation’s oldest diversity pipeline organization.

A 2001 graduate of Livingstone College, Davis earned his Master of Arts degree in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, one of the only advanced degrees offered in the field. He attended the Fundraising School of Indiana – Bloomington’s Center of Philanthropy (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and completed his doctoral work at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree.

About Livingstone College
Livingstone College is a private historically black college that is secured by a strong commitment to quality instruction, academic excellence and student success. Through a Christian-based environment suitable for holistic learning, Livingstone provides excellent business, liberal arts, STEAM, teacher education and workforce development programs for students from all ethnic backgrounds designed to promote lifelong learning, and to develop students potential for leadership and service to a global community. For more information, visit


Goldman Sachs awards Mississippi HBCU Alcorn State University a grant for $125,000 to increase college access.

The grant was made possible by Alcorn sophomore Tyarian Carson’s contributions during the Goldman Sachs’ Market Madness: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Possibilities Program.

Tyarian Carson, sophomore and mass communication major at Alcorn State University

“It was the best experience,” Carson related. “I meet wonderful and kind people and learned so many new things about myself.”

Carson, a native of Canton, Miss. and mass communication major, participated in a competition and weekly educational sessions to learn more about the company and its function.

“Alcorn is known for providing an exceptional experience that prepares graduates for a lifetime of success,” said Dr. Felecia M. Nave, president of Alcorn State University. “We deeply appreciate Goldman Sachs for providing a unique opportunity for our students to broaden their financial literacy skills through this program and Goldman Sachs’ generous support for vital student financial aid and scholarships.”

In 2021, Goldman Sachs committed $25 million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities under its initiative to build an “inclusive and dynamic economy and society.”

About Alcorn State University
Alcorn State University is a public historically Black, comprehensive land-grant institution of higher education that provides access and opportunity for diverse students to excel intellectually, build character, and overcome barriers so they can become productive leaders who make meaningful contributions to society. Alcorn is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second-oldest state-supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi. For more information, visit

About Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs is a leading global financial institution that delivers a broad range of financial services across investment banking, securities, investment management and consumer banking to a large and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. For more information, visit

Happy September, #HBCUNation! We’re on a busy start of our Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour that supports Black College Sports, highlights HBCU football and classics, and spread the word of HBCUs to those seeking to attend college. We’re raising resources that are essentials to continue the successes and necessary work that we do for higher education. It’s hopeful that you will inspire us by rising to the challenge of helping us continue to Campaign For HBCUs. Now, I have one favor to ask: we need 100 donors to make our goal of $1,000 before midnight. Will you be one?

Your gift before midnight tonight, will help with various range of expenses for the tour, including providing scholarships, purchase of game/college fair tickets for youth who needs it most, and material/travel expenses.

Can I count on you to make a gift to HCF to ensure our work continues? Click here to be one of the 100 donors!

When you’re one of the 100 donors today, you’ll not only help us reach our goal, you’ll be directly responsible for our continued work and advocacy for students and higher education.


Again, your support today will ensure that we can continue to expand our outreach to under-resources communities and to strengthen our capacity to care for students and higher ed institutions.


Thank you for making our efforts a success. This important work can’t happen with you. Thank you for your generosity.

With gratitude,

HUNTSVILE, Ala. – President Biden announced this week his intent to appoint Dr. Patricia G. Sims, President of Drake State Community & Technical College, to the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). The NIAC advises the White House on how to reduce physical and cyber risks and improve the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure sectors. She joins 26 highly qualified and diverse industry and government leaders selected for this appointment and is the only Alabama representative.

Dr. Patricia G. Sims, President of Drake State Community and Technical College appointed to National Infrastructure Advisory Council by President Biden.

Dr. Sims has been President of Drake State, a Historically Black Community College (HBCC), since 2018. Under her leadership, Drake State has seen a significant increase in state and federal funding, has increased strategic partnerships, and expanded its program offerings. The College was recently awarded a $2.4 million grant as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA), Connecting Minority Communities Pilot (CMCP) program, to help eliminate historical broadband and computer access inequities in and around Madison County, Alabama. Drake was one of the first five universities and the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to be awarded the grant.

Sims has more than 8 years of progressive experience in the field of Education. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama State Port Authority, the Alabama Partnership for Children, and the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust. In 2019, Sims was recognized as one of the Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders by the HBCU Campaign Fund.

“It’s an honor to be asked to serve on this much-needed council,” said Sims. “Our work at Drake State is always about improving the lives of individuals for the betterment of our community. We address workforce needs in key areas of technology and healthcare that play a role in cyber security and disaster preparedness.”

“I am so proud of Dr. Patricia G. Sims and her work as President of Drake State Community College & Technical College, one of our Historically Black Community Colleges (HBCC),” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., Founder, President & CEO at the HBCU Campaign Fund. “Her fondness for this important work is very passionate to this role. President Biden couldn’t have chosen such more of a qualified leader as President Sims for this council. Sims and her team work at Drake State are structured around improving the lives of individuals and making the key areas of technology and science better.”

Since its establishment in 2001, the NIAC has conducted dozens of studies to address problems such as: improving intelligence information sharing across government and industry; identifying and reducing complex cyber risks; better preparing for and responding to disruptions among senior executives and federal leaders during imminent threats and disaster responses; and addressing the skills gaps and loss of institutional knowledge in key national workforces.

About Drake State Community & Technical College
Established in 1961, Drake State Community and Technical College is a historically black community college located in Huntsville, home to the fast growing, highly technical aerospace and defense industry, including the NASA Marshall Flight Center, US Army Redstone Arsenal, and Cummings Research Parks. Drake State offers flexible, affordable university-transfer 2-year and technical degrees, certificates, adult and continuing education, and customized technical skills training for Huntsville/Madison County employers. Visit for more information.

Dr. Melva K. Williams, new president & CEO of Huston-Tillotson University. She is set to begin on August 15, 2022.

AUSTIN, TX – Following a national search, the Huston-Tillotson University Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Melva K. Williams, Ph.D. as the institution’s seventh president and chief executive officer, effective August 15, 2022. She will serve as the second woman president of the institution since its inception, succeeding Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, who announced her retirement back in December 2021. Williams brings to HT her vast higher education experience as an innovative scholar in positions as chief of staff, vice chancellor and associate dean, managing multiple aspects of students affairs and enrollment management, ranging from athletics to recruitment.

“Dr. Williams’ reputation as visionary leader, utilizing creative approaches to advancing higher education through layers of innovative improvements will position Huston-Tillotson University for the economic and technological advances shaping the Central Texas market,” said Dr. Carol McDonald, HT Board of Trustees Chair.

Prior to coming to HT, Williams held numerous positions within the Southern University System (Louisiana) including, executive associate to the chancellor, assistant vice chancellor and vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at SU-Shreveport (SUSLA), vice chancellor at SU-New Orleans (SUNO), and System Chief of Staff. A former associate dean of College at Centenary College of Louisiana, Williams has concurrently served as a professor, lecturer and board member at several colleges and universities. Recently, she served as the senior director of programming for the Clinton Presidential Center. Additionally, she is the co-founder of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.), a found board member and board president for Magnolia School of Excellence, and is a national spokesperson for emotional intelligence (soft skills) development.

“I am honored and energized to serve as HT’s second female president,” said Williams. “The trust of the Board of Trustees and the HT Presidential Search Committee is very much appreciated, and I look forward to advancing an aggressive agenda that will ensure HT’s continued success.”

Williams earned a doctorate in higher education from Jackson State University, and a master’s in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Grambling State University.

“Dr. Williams has conquered by exemplifying and demonstrating innovative leadership within her higher ed career as chief of staff, vice chancellor, dean, and professor. I commend the Huston-Tillotson Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee for selecting a strong dynamic leader who innovates, thrives, and excels in all she does best. Dr. Williams’s wealth of experience, energy, and student-centered drive will be essential to HT under her leadership. I am extremely excited about this tenure of HT’s second female president, and I look forward to observing the successes of Dr. Williams’ journey. Best wishes.”

— Demetrius Johnson Jr., Founder, President & CEO at HBCU Campaign Fund

About Huston-Tillotson University
Huston-Tillotson University, the oldest institution of learning in Austin, Texas, has roots dating back to 1875. HT is an independent, church-related, historically black, four-year liberal arts institution located on a 23-acre tree-lined campus near downtown in East Austin. Huston-Tillotson University’s mission is to nurture a legacy of leadership and excellence in education, connecting knowledge, power, passion, and values. The University offers associate and master’s degrees in addition to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 19 areas of study. For more information, visit


Drake State Community & Technical College S.C. O’Neal Sr. Library and Technology Center on its campus in Huntsville, Alabama. Photo credits HCF Media Team.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Drake State Community & Technical College received a $2.4 million grant award as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA), Connecting Minority Communities Pilot (CMCP) program, to help eliminate historical broadband and computer access inequities in and around Madison County, Alabama. Drake State applied for the competitive federal grant, along with more than 200 universities and colleges across the United States.

Drake State prepares working adults, college, and high school students for careers in the Madison County/Huntsville area. Drake was one of the first five universities and the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to be awarded a CMCP grant by the federal government.

Drake State will use the federal funding to implement a computer and broadband access program that includes:

  • furnishing Drake students, including high school students who are dually enrolled at the College, with access to enabled laptops;
  • increasing at-home broadband access for Drake State students and their family members by providing home wireless broadband kits to those eligible families within a 15-mile radius of the college campus; and
  • Creating a mobile cyber-lab learning bus.

Drake State will also partner with two other universities, Alabama A&M University to implement secure, online student access to learning, teaching, and research resources, such as the library, mental health services, or information on food assistance, and Western Governors University to expand access to a National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security certified cyber defense degree program in cybersecurity.

“We are incredibly proud to win this significant award from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Drake State will use the federal funds to address long-standing digital inequities by offering laptops with broadband internet service to each and every Drake State student, and additional connectivity to their families,” said Dr. Patricia G. Sims, Drake State President. “This technology will help eliminate the digital divide for our community and open doors to learning, connect working adults and students to employers, and provide economic and career mobility for Drake State’s students.”

In acknowledging the award, Dr. Sims extended a personal, heartfelt thank you to the Governor and L.t. Governor for their continued support of Drake’s students, and appreciation for Drake partners, Alabama A&M and Western Governors University. “we are so grateful for your partnership and support for Drake State students.”

“All of us in the Alabama Community College System family are celebrating the good news that Drake State Community and Technical College was chosen as one of the first five grantees for the NTIA Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program,” said Dr. Vicky Ohlson, Alabama Community College System Vice Chancellor of Instruction, Research, and Development. “We could not be more proud of Drake State’s leadership, faculty, and staff for their hard work in developing a winning project proposal. The work that will be accomplished by Drake with the help of this funding will expand access to critical broadband technology and services to many more students and other residents in the College’s anchor community. It will remove barriers to higher education, training, and employment that have historically been insurmountable for those who need those opportunities the most. We are looking forward with great excitement to see how Drake’s project changes individual lives and strengthens the information technology workforce in the Huntsville-Madison County area.”

Other notable federal grants recently awarded to Drake State to expand opportunities for students include:

  • In August 2020, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), awarded a cooperative agreement notice (CAN) to Drake State to assist in 3D printing technologies research and train additive manufacturing technicians.
  • In August 2021, NASA MSFC awarded another CAN to Drake State to advance research in 3D printing of polymer structures. Research results and deliverables will help prepare for and sustain future lunar and Martian missions.
  • In September of 2021, Drake State received a three-year grant from NASA’s Minority University Research and Education (MUREP) to increase the number of engineering education and career opportunities for underrepresented minorities.

About Drake State Community & Technical College
Established in 1961, Drake State Community and Technical College is a historically black community college located in Huntsville, home of the first growing, highly technical aerospace and defense industry, including the NASA Marshall Flight Center, US Army Redstone Arsenal, and Cummings Research Parks. Drake State offers flexible, affordable university-transfer 2-year and technical degrees, certificates, adult and continuing education, and customized technical skills training for Huntsville/Madison County employers. Visit for more information.

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has announced that it will host its annual SWAC Football Media Day on Thursday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. CST at the Sheraton-Birmingham.

2021 SWAC Media Day. Photo courtesy of HCF Media Relations.

The event will be streamed live on ESPN3 with football commentators Tiffany Greene and Jay Walker teaming up to host the one-day event.

All twelve SWAC head football coaches and two student-athletes from each team will be in attendance to address the media about the upcoming 2022 football season.

A complete listing of the student-athletes slated to be in attendance will be released closer to the event date. Media one-on-one interviews with coaches and student-athletes will begin at 10:00 a.m. CST.

This event is a pre-kickoff to HBCU Campaign Fund’s (HCF) Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour, where members of its media team participates and covers the one-day event.

About SWAC
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams.

Current championship completion offered by the league include competition for men in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Tennis

Women’s competition is offered in the sports of Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.


2022 Pepsi National Battle of the Bands Presented by Toyota

HOUSTON, TX – Event organizers for the Pepsi National Battle of the Bands presented by Toyota announced that this year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 27 at NRG Stadium and will kick off at 6:00 p.m. CST.

“Each year we strive to make the National Battle of the Bands event an experience that not only celebrates and amplifies the visibility of HBCU marching bands, but also, serves and support the community,” says Derek Webber, National Battle of the Bands Creator and CEO, Webber Marketing. ”Whether it’s working with minority business owners and creating job opportunities, providing scholarships to college and high school bands programs, or hosting a college recruitment fair where high school students get accepted on-site, we have dynamic partners like Pepsi, Toyota, JP Morgan Chase and more who are committed to our vision of creating sustainable impact within the communities we serve.”

Created to celebrate, support, and recognize the excellence of Black college marching bands, the NBOTB is the largest HBCU marching band event and the second largest African American event in the state of Texas. More than 2,000 members of eight of the nation’s top marching bands will kick off their Fall marching band season at the NBOTB while showcasing the culture of their universities and their unique style and sound. The showcase will feature sounds from the following bands:

  • Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band
  • Alcorn State University, The Sounds of Dyn-O-mite Marching Band
  • Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats
  • Grambling State University, World Famed Tiger Marching Band
  • Kentucky State University, Mighty Marching Thorobreds
  • NCA&T University, The Blue and Gold Marching Machine
  • Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm Band
  • Southern University, Human Jukebox
Kentucky State University’s Mighty Marching Thorobreds preparing to take the field for the halftime performance during 2019’s Circle City Classic. Photo courtesy of HCF Media Relations.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming eight of the nation’s best marching bands to Houston,” said Chris Massey, Harris County – Houston Sports Authority (HCHSA) Vice President. ”The National Battle of the Bands is the perfect event to celebrate and amplify the city’s love of arts, education, and HBCU culture. We are looking forward to packing the house and celebrating with fans from all over the country!”

The NBOTB partnership with HCHSA is a significant one because it supports the advancement of the event’s mission to enhance the exposure of HBCUs and their marching bands, and the role they play in educating aspiring musicians and developing future leaders. The partnership also aims to boost the growth of scholarships and expand the awareness of higher learning with music, arts, and entertainment.

Tickets on sale to the 2022 Pepsi National Battle of the Bands presented by Toyota

Several official NBOTB events will also return, including the Pepsi NBOTB presented by Toyota, Step and Stroll Band Culture Kickoff, The Emerge Experience Entrepreneur Event Presented by J.P. Morgan Chase, and HBCU S.T.E.M. College Recruitment.

To purchase tickets and for more information about the NBOTB, visit

About National Battle of the Bands
The event’s mission is to enhance the exposure of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their marching bands, the roles they play in educating aspiring musicians and developing future leaders. Event organizers have generated more than $700,000 in scholarships for the participating colleges and universities. For more information, visit