Historically black college alums network with students

Graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities are on a mission to ensure their alma maters are a visible option to North Carolina high school graduates and returning students.


According to the Daily Reflector, though many local alumni chapters are active advocates for their own schools, they joined together for the first time this year to host a back-to-school cookout Sunday afternoon at River Park North. 


Patti Sanders-Smith, a Winston-Salem State University alum, is the president of the HBCU Coalition of Pitt County. The organization has been in existence from the mid-1990s but she said they’ve experienced a renewed commitment in the past year. They plan to hold three annual events: the cookout, a college fair and some type of community-service project.

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