Photo of President Jerald Jones Woolfolk during her Inauguration as the 20th President of Lincoln University of Missouri. Photo courtesy of Lincoln University.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in partnership with the Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF), has pledged an endowment in the amount of $100,000 to Lincoln University as a part of the organization’s AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund.

On February 28, 2019, Lincoln University’s President Jerald Jones Woolfolk will come together with 31 other presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) at the Alpha Kappa Alpha International Headquarters in Chicago to accept the first installment of their institution’s award.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has implemented the AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund with the goal of investing in the future of our young people and the sustainability of our treasured HBCU’s” said Dr. Glenda Glover, Alpha Kappa Alpha International President. “Our organization has pledged to donate a total of $10 million dollars towards the endowment, and we are honored to provide Lincoln University the first $50,000 during our February event as we celebrate Black History Month and the legacies of all HBCU’s.”

This historic event will gather presidents from HBCU’s across the nation and feature remarks from Dr. Glenda Glover as well as a tour of the iconic and recently renovated Ivy center International Headquarters in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.

Lincoln University President Jerald Jones Woolfolk, a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha says; “Lincoln University (Missouri) is honored to have been selected as one of the first recipients to be awarded $100,000 from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund. These funds will have an enormous impact on Lincoln University as it will allow us to provide more scholarships dollars to students who otherwise could not obtain a college education and to aid in ensuring Lincoln University’s sustainability for another 153 years. As does Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lincoln University has a proud history as an HBCU which provides access and opportunity to all.” She continued; “I will travel to the headquarters Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Chicago to receive the award. I am a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and I am proud of the impact that Lincoln University (Missouri) has had on the lives of thousands of students who have com through it doors since 1866. I am proud and privilege to lead this historic University! On behalf of the member of Lincoln University (Missouri), I say thank you to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.! Your gift helps us continue making dreams come true. We are Focused! We are determined! We Are Lincoln!


About Lincoln University of Missouri

Lincoln University of Missouri is a historically black, 1890 land-grant, public, comprehensive institution that provides excellent educational opportunities including theoretical and applied learning experiences to a diverse population with a nurturing, student-centered environment. Established in 1866 by the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantry Regiments, the campus is located in the capitol of Missouri. The University currently serves a student population of approximately 2,500. Today, Lincoln University is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in this country. For more information, visit

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of nearly 300,000 members in more than 1000 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Libera, the Bahmas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa and Middle East. Led by International President Glenda Glover, Ph.D., JD, CPA. Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African-American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit For more information on Educational Advancement Foundation, visit

GRAMLING, LA – Grambling State University has announced CNN Commentator and history-making South Carolina Legislator, Bakari Sellers will keynote the University’s Black History Convocation at 10:00 a.m. on February 19, 2019.

Sellers, an HBCU graduate, is well-known for making history in 2016, when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina State Legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation.

“Mr. Sellers’ accomplishments are an important example of civic engagement for our students and community,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “His work shows us that it’s never too early to get involved and make an impact. We are honored to have him as our guest.”

In addition to his local work as a lawyer and legislator, Sellers aslo served on President’s Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2018 election; won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina in 2014; and is a regular political commentator for CNN.

Campus and community members are invited to attend this year’s convocation.


WHO: Grambling State University

WHAT: Black History Convocation

WHEN: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center, Grambling, LA

For media access or more information, call 318-245-5012 or email


About Grambling State University

Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The university has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditation in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 41 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit

I am Black history. I am Black excellence. I am Charlie Nelms, who is an educator and administrator. I served as the tenth chancellor of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

ured: Dr. Charlie Nelms and Dr. Lawrence A. Davis Jr., (Former chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) at UAPB Chancellor’s Spring Convocation 2010. Credits: Chandra Walker

I was born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas in 1946, and I enrolled at Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) on academic probation with an ACT of 4, where I graduated with bachelor’s in agronomy and chemistry in 1969. I earned a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs and a doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University. I served as chancellor of Indiana University East from 1987 to 1994 and chancellor of University of Michigan-Flint from 1994 to 2001, during which I resolved a significant campus budget deficit and reversed a four-year enrollment decline. I then returned to Indiana University system as vice president for Institutional Development and Student Affairs. Since taking the helm at NCCU, I improve retention and graduation rates, I reorganized the University College to provide intensive academic support and skills training for underprepared freshman and sophomores. Two years into my chancellorship, U.S. News & World Report ranked NCCU as the top public historically black college and university in the nation. During the 2009-10 academic year, NCCU observed its centennial. The physical appearance of the campus has been transformed into redesigned green spaces and a dramatic overhaul of the Fayetteville Street corridor. A new nursing building and residence hall were under construction; a much-needed parking deck opened in August 2010.

In 2011, I published “A Call to Action”, a policy directive intended to spur a national dialogue concerning the revitalization of the historically black colleges and universities as an important sector of American higher education.

On July 26, 2012, after completing a five-year commitment to serve NCCU, I announced my retirement, effective August 6, 2012.

I am currently a contributing writer for The Huffington Post on educational issues and has founded Destination Graduation, a non-profit organization focused on increasing retention and graduation rates at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).


Join HBCU Campaign Fund for Black History Month “I Am’s,” exhibiting the outstanding achievements of well-known Black individuals who has contributed to the Black community and beyond.

If you would like to contribute an “I Am” of your all-time favorite Black pioneer to be feature, you may e-mail your “I Am” to




HCF and its Kwesi Ronald Harris Division of Historical Records commemorates Black History Month remembering those important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. During Black History Month, HCF will focus on students and alumni of HBCUs, and individuals who made or are making history in the African-American community.

Dr. Freddie Hartfield, who holds the distinction of being the longest-serving tenured professor in the history of Arkansas AM&N/UAPB for his service for more than 50 years. He was raised in Elaine, Arkansas, a small town located in Phillips County. His mother died during childbirth and his great-grandmother, Sarah Hartfield, raise him. Years later, tough times with little money and sometimes little shelter, led an 11-year-old Hartfield and Sarah Hartfield (who was 80-years-old by then) to work in the cotton fields, making 75 cents per hundred a day. During the six-month off-season, he attended Elaine High School seven miles from home walking both ways.

Prof. Cleo Frye, a vocational teacher, and his wife, Velma “Red” Frye of Elaine successfully convinced Sarah Hartfield that Freddie Hartfield should attend J.C. Corbin High School in Pine Bluff to further his education. Frye brought young Hartfield to Lewis Hall and left him there, but he had no money for school or food. At the time, Dr. John Brown Watson was the school president. Dr. L.A. Davis, Sr., was an English teacher then and worked in the admissions office. Davis Sr. helped Hartfield by getting him into and remaining at the school by giving him a job to pay for tuition. After Hartfield graduated from J.C. Corbin High School, be began working at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and attending AM&N College. For four years, he worked eight hours a day, making 51 cents an hour, moving cluster bombs. Each time he was paid, he kept only the money he needed for transportation and food and sent the rest back home.

Hartfield graduated from Arkansas AM&N College in 1950 with a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Consequently, he was 23-years-old when he began agriculture at AM&N. After he discovered his passion for mathematics, Hartfield received a master’s degree in mathematics education in 1957 from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from Kansas State University. Although he’s proud of his educational accomplishments, Hartfield is even prouder of his family. He’s been married for more than 73 years to Verna Mae Hartfield.

Until May 2014, Hartfield, mathematics professor extraordinaire, had become a well-established figure at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Many UAPB alumni from across the nation boast that Hartfield taught them mathematics or at least that he was their instructor. Hartfield came to the institution on June 2, 1941, when he enrolled in J.C. Corbin High School at the age of 16, he was 90 years old when he retired.

PINE BLUFF, AR – Oscar award-winning Director Spike Lee will be the featured speaker during the annual black history month assembly at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. This free, public event will be held Tuesday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. HPER Complex.

According to a press release from the university, in addition to being an award-winning director, Lee is also a writer, actor, producer, author, and NYU Grad Film Tenured Professor whose body of work has continued to grow over the last three decades. Lee co-wrote his latest film Chi-Raq with Kevin Willmott based on the Greek comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes. He has directed and produced over 30 films since his first feature film, the independently produced She’s Gotta Have It which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986 and received the esteemed Prix de la Jeunesse Award. Lee continues to produce Cinematic works of Art that display his skill and ability to showcase outspoken and provocative socio-political critiques that challenge cultural assumptions, about Race, Class and Gender identity. His film, Do the Right Thing, released in 1989, earned Lee an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and remains still relevant today.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Brooklyn, Lee returned south to attend Morehouse College. After graduation, he returned to New York City to continue his education at NYU/Tish, where he received his MFA in Film Production. After graduation, he founded 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, based in Brooklyn. He began teaching a course on filmmaking at Harvard in 1991 and in 1993 he started on the Faculty at NYU/Tish in the Graduate Film Program where he was appointed Artistic Director in 2002, a position which he still holds.

For more information about the event, please call the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at 870.575.7061.


CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) organization and its Ronald Baba Kwesi Harris Division of Historical Records re-kicks off its ‘107 Days of HBCU History’ campaign celebrating the founders and values of why Historically Black Colleges and Universities are very vital to today’s society and its founding mission.

The campaign is sponsored by HCF’s Ronald Kwesi Harris Division of Historical Records and will start on September 3, 2017 and last for approximately 107 days until each HBCU history is displayed. The campaign will also featured spotlight of notable alums and other historical facts that is found interesting and important to know and reflect on. The short history bio’s will be shared through the Division of Historical Records social media handles and will be added to the Division’s section of HCF’s website at

You  soon will be able to find the day by day schedule of which day which HBCU will be featured soon.

“I am thrilled of the idea of our Division of Historical Records for hosting this campaign to bringing more positive awareness and knowledge of the prestigious history of our Historically Black Colleges and Universities. As we approach Black History Month, I hope that this campaign educate our ethnicity and others about the importance of HBCU education. I hope it also other brings attention to college seeking students on their perspective on choosing to attend a HBCU. Please join, share and embrace on this paramount campaign.” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., president and CEO, Founder of HCF.

You may join in on the campaign by following its official hashtag at #HCF107DaysofHBCUHistory and you can follow the Division of Historical Records on social media:

Twitter: @hcfdivhrecords

Instagram: @hcfdivofhistoricalrecords

Facebook: HCF Division of Historical Records


For more information about HCF 107 Days of HBCU History campaign, contact HCF at 773.988.2106 or

DENMARK, SC – As we approach February and Black History Month, Voorhees College, a private historically black college (HBCU) located in Denmark, South Carolina, prepares to celebrate the month beginning with its kick-off celebration event.

Dr. Alice Ridgill, founder and pastor of New Faith Presbyterian Church, will be the featured speaker for the Voorhees College Black History Month Kick-off Celebration. This free and open to the public event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. on campus.

Ridgill is a native of Manning, S.C. and graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a concentration in music. She earned a master’s degree in divinity and a doctorate degree in ministry from the Erskine Theological Seminary.

Prior to founding New Faith Presbyterian Church in 2010, Ridgill served as pastor of the former Washington Street Presbyterian Church in Abbeville, S.C. and as an adjunct professor of pastoral care at the Erskine Theological Seminary.

On October 30, 2005, in recognition of her unwavering commitment to the community, she was presented the Key to the City of Abbeville, making her one of the youngest individuals to ever receive the prestigious honor.

Ridgill’s past and current board affiliations include: Piedmont Technical College Board of Visitors, Greenwood Food Bank Board of Directors, Presbyterians Caring for Chaplains and Military Personnel Board of Directors, Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of Directors, and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Board of Directors.

“Dr. Ridgill has displayed extraordinary leadership within her communities by spreading God’s word to the people, ministering, and completing mission efforts. Her words will be encouraging to our students and help them put their educational goals into perspective.” said Samuel Blackwell, vice president for planning and information management.

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at


Original Friendship Institute Building. (Era of Progress and Promise)

Friendship Normal and Industrial Institute grew out of activities of the Baptist Sunday School conventions of York and Chester Counties in South Carolina.  These conventions met on the fifth Sundays for a day of readings, speeches and preaching. So the impulse for a school was to provide training for future teachers and ministers. Dr. Mansel P. Hall, pastor of churches in both conventions, encouraged them to work together to create such a school.

On October 21, 1891, Friendship College began with 11 students meeting in Mt. Prospect Baptist Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina until a new building was complete. Friendship grew quickly until its enrollment reached 200 in the fourth year. It was incorporated in 1906 and had an enrollment of 300 in 1908 according to Era of Progress and Promise.

During the 41-year tenure of President James A. Goudlock, Friendship College reorganized at three levels – an elementary school (grades 1-8), a high school, and a junior college. The junior college had two wings – teacher training and liberal arts. The strength of the curriculum allowed graduates to receive teaching certificates without examination. In 1978, the school received state approval for four-year programs in accounting, business administration and economics.

Even with a listed enrollment of 368, Friendship College was beginning to experience financial difficulties in 1980 and was forced to file for bankruptcy in December of 1981.

The 1941 ad for the school mentions four building, one of which, was called Main Building. College Hill was reported to have dormitory space for 44 girls in the upper floor, in addition to a chapel, offices and classrooms.

After the college closed, a major fired burned and damaged campus buildings to the extent that all had to be razed. In 2011, the Baptist Church and Friendship College alumni were raising funds for Dr. J. H. Goudlock Center to be built on the site of the college.

Friendship College was also known for the Friendship Nine, which was a group of African-American men who went to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1961.