By Carla Thomas
Nearly 120 students and their families gathered recently at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on West Street in West Oakland to welcome young adults from college.
Sponsored by the Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), Oakland Chapter, the Dec. 27 event included networking and a holiday meal. Guests were greeted by Marvin Clark, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Langston University alumni, who began the celebration initially for students who attend Langston College and expanded the event to include students at HBCUs.
Assisting with the event were 21 alumni of HBUCs, along with Bruce Hardy, President of Oakland HBCU chapter and graduate of LeMoyne College of Memphis, TN. According to Hardy the event honors students he hopes will graduate and come back to be a blessing in their communities.
Participants included Terri Kaley and son Kyle Kaley, Azzie Thomas, III and Cynthia Dorsey of AC Transit. Other attendees included Zeola Slaughter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Clark’s brother Booker and Mustafa of Halim of Modern Day Achievers Foundation of East Palo Alto.
For information go to www.hbcu.com or www.uncf.com.