On Saturday, May 23, The Undefeated, ESPN’s content platform exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture, will present “HBCU Day” to celebrate the Class of 2020 graduates at historically black colleges and universities. Utilizing the hashtag #UndefeatedHBCUDay, the virtual celebration will feature a collection of videos and written content shared all day across The Undefeated’s social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and curated on www.TheUndefeated.com.
Faces familiar to the Tuskegee University family will join the list of prominent African Americans who will deliver congratulatory and inspirational messages to this year’s HBCU graduates — a lineup headlined by former President Barack Obama.
President Lily D. McNair will join two-time Tuskegee alumnus and current Morgan State University President David Wilson for a panel discussion entitled “HBCU Day: Together We Go Further.” Other panelists will include Bennett College President Suzanne Walsh, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Commissioner Jacqui Williams, and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Commissioner Charles McClelland.
Graduating SGA President Micah Grey offers his fellow classmates virtual well wishes following the university’s spring 2020 virtual graduation observance.
Graduating biology major and 2019-20 Student Government Association President Micah Grey will join more than 20 valedictorians and ambassadors — nominated by their respective schools — to share inspirational and encouraging messages with their fellow graduates. Their messages will be shared across The Undefeated platforms on Saturday.
“We are proud to present HBCU Day, a celebration of the next generation of leaders who have been educated by our historically black colleges and universities,” said Kevin Merida, ESPN senior vice president and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated. “The day is a reminder of the brilliance and potential of the 2020 graduating class, and of the role HBCUs continue to play in the development of this country.”
A host of African-American celebrities will join Obama, McNair and Grey in offering their well wishes to this year’s graduates, including:
Additional HBCU Day content will include:
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