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Columbia’s HBCU of the Year, Benedict College, Celebrates Homecoming with Congressman John Lewis and features a production by Beychella Choreographer Jamel Josef

Columbia, SC —October 8, 2019 — This week, Benedict College (BC) alumni from across the country will join students, staff, and BC family and friends for the Annual Homecoming activities. Benedict College, which will soon commemorate a historic 150-years since its founding, will host a special guest this year- historical icon, trailblazer, and civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis.  Lewis will serve as the Grand Marshall of the BC Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 12 and he will serve as the Keynote Speaker for the Alumni Banquet on Friday, October 11. Go to benedict.edu for event details and ticket information.

BC’s Homecoming theme, BC Chella, is inspired by the famous Beyoncé performance for the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  The 2019 HBCU of the Year, upholding its mantra “#BESTofBC”, secured the actual Beychella choreographer Jamal Josef, to orchestrate and produce the Mister and Miss Benedict College Coronation aptly titled, BC Court-Chella. The coronation will take place at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium (football field), Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7 p.m

Other notable events during the annual homecoming celebration include #THEBESTofBC Alumni on  Friday, October 11thMeet the Doctor’s, a series of engaging discussions with BC alumni who are physicians and current students. Following, Meet  the Doctor’s will be an Author Talk and Book Signing featuring BC Alumna, Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Former International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, who will discuss her recent book, You Can Lead. The book talk will be moderated by BC President and CEO Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis.

Benedict College’s Homecoming week will be filled with fun and family-friendly activities that are all open to the public.

Benedict College 2019 Homecoming Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
“COURTCHELLA:  Royal Masterpiece”
Miss and Mister Benedict- College Coronation
7:00 p.m.
Charlie W. Johnson Stadium

Thursday, October 10. 2019
Mi Gente: 
My People, My Family                                                                        
Tiger Culture Fest
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Helms Plaza/Bell Tower/Tiger Lane
Benedict College Campus 

Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson
Book Signing- You Can Lean
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Little Theater
Benedict College Campus

“Don’t Hurt Yourself’’
Student and Alumni Basketball Tournament
HRC Arena

Athletic Hall Fame Induction Banquet
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 2100 Bush River Rd., Columbia, SC

Friday, October 11, 2019
Breakfast with Benedict’s Finest
8:00 a.m.
David H. Swinton Campus Swinton Ballrooms
Benedict College Campus

Tiger Talk: Meet the Doctors- 10 p.m.
Alumni Career Day Showcase – 11 a.m.
Swinton Campus Center Ballrooms
Benedict College Campus

Annual Alumni Leadership Awards and State of the College Luncheon
 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel
“Before I let Go”
BC Family Reunion Block Party
Feat. Tigers Vendor Fair  
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Swinton Campus Center/Oak Street Areas
Benedict College Campus

The Art of Sanford Green
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Henry Ponder Gallery
Benedict College Campus

President’s Reception
(By Invitation Only)
6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel

Alumni Banquet
Keynote Speaker: Congressman John Lewis
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel

 Saturday, October 12, 2019
“Heard About Us” Homecoming Parade
10:00 a.m.
Parade Starts: Richland & Sumter Streets
(Downtown Columbia, SC)

Homecoming Football Game
Benedict College Tigers vs. Miles College Golden Bears
2:00 p.m.
Charlie W. Johnson Stadium

Alumni Tailgating
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Charlie W. Johnson Stadium
Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC

NPHC Step Show
Performing Live Stunna 4 Vegas
Doors Open: 6:00 p.m./ Showtime: 8:00 p.m.
HRC  Mays Arena

Sunday, October 13, 2019
Homecoming Gospel Concert
Back to the 90’s
Featuring the Benedict College Gospel Choir
6:00 p.m.
Second Nazareth Baptist Church
2500 Elmwood Ave. Columbia, SC

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