Krishun Lovelace, Mister LeMoyne-Owen College 2017-2018 was crowned as Mister HBCU 2018-2019

ST. LOUIS, MO – Harris-Stowe State University is set to serve as the host of the 15th Annual Mister HBCU Kings’ Leadership Conference and Competition held January 30 – February 2. After 14 years, the conference has tied its knots with Lincoln University of Missouri. The competition with the theme of “Kings in Paris” is scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack Auditorium on Harris-Stowe’s campus. The advance admission is $5, and tickets can be purchase online here.

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, roles 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 2, 2019, that showcases each participants talent, oratorical skills, ease of manner and professional bearing.

The campus queens, and king contestants during last year’s 14th Annual Mister HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition at Lincoln University of Missouri.

This year’s competition will feature 20 plus kings. The creation of Mister 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. Now that the event is no longer held at Lincoln University, current Mister Lincoln Dante West will hold the honor of being the first king to represent LU in the competition in 15 years of its creation. The current Mister Harris-Stowe will now step down and will not participate 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, “How can you, as Mister HBCU, inspire those you represent to define and live their Best Life?” Also, each contestant will perform a three-minute talent presentation. Contestants will be critiqued on punctuality, etiquette, professionalism, and presentation.

Awards are given to the following winners:

  • Mister HBCU will receive $1,500.00 scholarship, Sash, Crown, and Trophy,
  • Mister HBCU will be awarded the Alian L. Locke Fellowship (a 10-week paid internship),
  • First runner-up will receive $1,000.00, Sash and Trophy,
  • Second runner-up will receive $500, Sash and Trophy,
  • Mr. Talent will receive a Sash and Trophy,
  • Mr. Oratory will receive a Sash and Trophy,
  • Mr. Congeniality will receive a Sash and Trophy.

The Mister HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition accepts your support of its campus king participants and endeavors through a donation. Donations are accepted online at www.misterhbcu.org.

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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 martina@lincolnu.edu or Paul Small at (573) 681-5266 or email smallp@lincolnu.edu.

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U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will deliver remarks highlighting the progress of America’s 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) at the 2016 National HBCU Week Conference at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, October 24.king-400

Dr. King, is the secretary of education, a position he assumed upon Senate confirmation on March 14, 2016. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in the teaching of social studies from Columbia University’s Teachers College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Doctor of Education degree in educational administrative practice from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Dr. King was a 1995 Truman Scholar and received the James Madison Memorial Fellowship for secondary-level teaching of American history, American government, and social studies. Prior to joining the Department, in February 2011, Dr. King was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. In addition, Dr. King served on the board of New Leaders for New Schools from 2005 to 2009, and is a 2008 Aspen Institute-New Schools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellow.

President Obama called Dr. King “an exceptionally talented educator,” citing his commitment to “preparing every child for success” and his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems.

The event is hosted by The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and entitled, “HBCUs: Promoting Excellence, Innovation and Sustainability.”

HBCU’s, as defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965, include: “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans….” Today, HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions, prepare students to serve domestically and internationally in public and private sector professions.

Since President Obama took office, one million more African American and Latino students have completed college. A hallmark of the Obama Administration has been promoting equity and excellence in education, including making college more affordable.  The Administration remains committed to increasing the number of students who earn high-quality post-secondary credentials.

For more information regarding National HBCU Week and Conference, visit http://sites.ed.gov/whhbcu/hbcu-week-conference/.

Source: http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/us-education-secretary-john-b-king-jr-address-hbcu-week-conference-arlington-va.