ATLANTA – Superstar filmmaker and producer Will Packer (who produced blockbuster movies such as Straight Outta Compton, Think Like a Man, No Good Deed, Ride Along, Wedding Ringer) will headline the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation as it celebrates its 30th Hall of Fame ceremonies.
The events will take place from Sept. 23-27 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in downtown ATL.
Packer, a major force in Hollywood whose had seven movies open up at No. 1 at the box office and also produced Takers and the classic Stomp the Yard, will serve as the honorary chair of this milestone anniversary weekend.
The co-founder of Rainforest Films will be joined by a bevy of honorary co-chairs including Susan Taylor, editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence Magazine; actress Dawnn Lewis; Judge Glenda Hatchett; and Peter McMahon, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The Alumni Hall of Fame Weekend will include a number of workshops, the HBCU Invitational Golf Tournament, the Competition of Black College Queens, and the signature Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Founded by Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. 30 years ago, the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth, development, and ultimate success of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through scholarships, internships, training and technical assistance, alumni recognition, and programs that encourage humanitarian involvement. For three decades the Hall of Fame has sphere-headed activities to provide millions of dollars in revenue and countless resources to HBCU’s.
On September 25th, this year’s Hall of Fame will induct 19 extraordinary Black college alumni from disciplines ranging from medicine to arts and entertainment. Among those being inducted are Elisabeth Omilami of Hosea Feed the Hungry; former Morehouse College president Dr. Robert Franklin; singer/songwriter Will Downing; former Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin; and Janice Bryant Howroyd, owner of the largest certified woman minority-owned staffing company in the United States and the first Black woman to own a billion-dollar company based on a single enterprise.
“We have a banner class of inductees this year of which we are extremely proud,” Dortch said. “They not only embody the essence of our theme, ‘HBCUs: Educating. Empowering. Leading,’ but they truly are the standard by which all HBCU alumni are measured. After 30 years we are stronger than ever and our commitment to the preservation and success of HBCU’s has never been greater.”
The NBCA Hall of Fame has been featured in numerous publications including Access Atlanta, U.S. Department of Education Guide, Atlanta Daily World, HBCU Digest, Atlanta Tribune, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. For a full list of NBCA Hall of Fame Inductees, and a complete schedule of the Alumni Hall of Fame Weekend visit www.nbcahof.org.