If you would like to support Black colleges and universities, here is one simple task. You can purchase America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) calendar at your local Walgreens store. The Educational Network began this initiative to raise money for black colleges and scholarships.
It is not just your ordinary calendar. Throughout the years, the HBCU calendar has evolved to a “research guide that chronicles the monumental events in the history of African Americans in the United States.” It also presents facts and figures, data and dates, and various trivia on African American History.
Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Reverend Otis Moss III tweeted, “Support HBCU scholarships with HBCU calendar at Walgreens (if not available say “I want my HBCU ordered today”)
Support HBCU scholarships with the HBCU calendar at Walgreens (if not available say “I want my HBCU? ordered today”) pic.twitter.com/AN4QuTaNqJ
— Otis Moss, III (@om3) January 11, 2016
Rev. Moss’ church empowers communities around the world with an emphasis on social justice.
A decade ago, the Educational Network started the charity organization as a fundraising vehicle to meet the financial needs of America’s Black Colleges and Universities, which faced vast financial challenges as the economy declined in 2005. As a result, less students were given scholarships to attend schools.
Tracey D. Alston founded it in coordination with Walgreen’s stores. With every purchase, $1.00 will be donated to HBCU schools, raising over a quarter million dollars since the program started. Colleges such as Howard University, Tuskegee University, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Texas Southern University (TSU) will benefit from the donations.
“Giving our students access to scholarships is the key,” Alston wrote on the website. “Sadly the college graduation for black students, especially for black males, is falling drastically.”
The Education Network is unveiling a new scholarship opportunity, T.E.N Scholar. The recipient will receive $100,000 in funds for education.
The calendar is not only sold in Walgreens, but also on the HBCU website. It is expanding into various retail stores and even school districts. Other private retailers are encouraged to sale the calendars at their establishments.
It’s great to see Education Network keeping HBCUs alive!
By: Taylor Bennett