Legacy Lecture Series
One of the Hall of Fame’s many initiatives is its nationally recognized Legacy Lecture Series. The Hall of Fame launched the Legacy Lecture Series in an effort to broaden the knowledge and experiences of minority and disadvantaged college students by exposing them to the successes of a diverse group of African American scholars and professionals. Developed in 2007, the Series is established as a portal to use the talents of graduates of HBCUs and other corporate and community leaders who can share their collective wisdom, knowledge and experiences with the next generation of leaders while promoting the viability of HBCUs. It brings a broad range of intellectual and entertaining voices to HBCU campuses and their communities. In addition to participating celebrities, the Series draws from the Hall of Fame’s pool of 280 professionals who have been inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame over the past 26 years, as well as other corporate and community leaders. These individuals are poised to share the benefit of their knowledge, wisdom and experience with college students on a varied range of subjects that will enable them to improve their chances of success in the American workplace. Widely regarded as one of the country’s finest platforms for distinguished and engaging discussions at HBCUs, the Series provides unique opportunities for student interaction, faculty discourse and community debate with both emerging voices as well as leading figures in their fields. The impetus of the Series is to position students for leadership roles in society through education and mentoring. To this end, the Series is designed to equip and empower students to overcome the economic, social cultural and political challenges of today, and to re- shape the fabric of America as they step into tomorrow. Since its inception, the Series has appeared on HBCU campuses throughout the Southeast, reaching more than 15,000 students. Previous speakers include Judge Glenda Hatchett, Susan Taylor, Chair Emeritus of Essence Magazine and founder/Chair of CARES Mentoring Program; actor/philanthropist Emmanuel Lewis; actor Hill Harper; CNN Correspondent Jeff Johnson; and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.