Northside Christian Church to host HBCU Fair

Rev. Orlando Richmond and Willie Davis are representing Jackson State University, one of the Historically Black Universities and Colleges coming the HBUC College Fair. Northside Christian Church is sponsoring the fair from 9 a.m. - noon, Saturday, March 30.
Staff Writer

When considering higher education after high school, most West Point High School students immediately think East Mississippi Community College, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi State or Ole Miss. But there is a lot more out there to choose from.

Sherrell Drake, a member of Northside Christian Church, and head of the committee to bring the fair to West Point, wanted to bring Historically Black Universities and Colleges to West Point for a educational fair. To allow students to know there are other options. The HBCU Fair is from 9 a.m. - noon, Saturday, March 30, at Northside Christian Church.

"This is the first event of its kind in the Golden Triangle Area and I am more than excited," Drake, the director for the HBUC Fair, said. "I can't put into words just how overjoyed we are to have so many schools coming to our area. To be able to provide students with a plethora educational resources and school options is something all high school students should take advantage of."

There are 22 schools committed to participate, including all of the five HBCUs in Mississippi, Howard University, Stillman College, Moorehouse College, Central State University, Alabama A&M, and Florida A&M to name a few.

Additionally, there will be rooms with the following information: ACT provided by Tech Generations, FASFA, National and Local Scholarships, assistance with On-line applications, and Greek Life.

"We want to raise awareness of the opportunities that are out there," Orlando Richmond, pastor of Northside Christian Church, said. "We want them to see a lot of African American professionals, such as myself, started their education at a historically black college or university. These schools were born out of necessity during segregation."

Richmond is an alumnus of Jackson State University, he then continued his education at Georgetown.

"These colleges are historically black, but open to any student who wishes to attend," Richmond said. "They also take pride in diversity within their student body. And our fair is open to any students who want to learn more about these educational opportunities."
Willie Davis was also an alumnus of Jackson State. She continued her education at The W.

"I am so proud of Sherrell and the committee that is putting the fair together," said Davis. "She has done a remarkable job getting in touch with all of the colleges and universities that are participating."

The WPHS Band will open up at 9 a.m., the Partlow Drummers, The Dickson Violinist, DJ Prince Brand New will provide entertainment throughout the day. The HBUC Fair is free and open to the public.