Wilmington's HBCU Week runs from Sept. 17 to Sept. 24.

Wilmington announces HBCU Week schedule of events

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Wilmington's HBCU Week runs from Sept. 17 to Sept. 24.

Wilmington’s HBCU Week runs from Sept. 17 to Sept. 24.

Wilmington’s seventh annual HBCU Week and college fair kicks off Sunday, Sept. 17.

It hopes to add to the 6,500 admissions and $60 million in scholarships that have been granted to city students since its inception in 2017.

City mayor Mike Purzycki and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith – Wilmington’s HBCU ambassador – this week detailed the schedule of events celebrating the nation’s 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The event runs from Sunday through the next Sunday and will include a prayer brunch, 5K, middle school college tour, R&B concert, panel discussion, conversations on social justice, a college fair, comedy show, block party, battle of the bands and more. 

This year, 25 HBCUs and 10 corporations will participate, allowing students to meet and talk to college recruiters and corporate partners one-on-one to discuss admission, scholarships and internships. 

“HBCU Week has been extremely successful because of an outpouring of support from local students who crave more educational opportunities,” Purzycki said. “I can’t wait for our young people to learn about all of the possibilities and opportunities that HBCUs have to offer them.”

The 2023 HBCU Week will once again include the presentation of a $10,000 Mike Purzycki Changemaker Scholarship to a student who lives in Wilmington and has committed to an HBCU. To apply to the scholarship, click here.

HBCU Week was created to expose local high school students to the history, pride and academic offerings of those colleges and universities, and to encourage young people to attain a new level of educational achievement. 

Here’s the schedule of events: 

Sunday, Sept. 17  

Event: Prayer brunch featuring Rev. Dawn S. Christopher

Location: The Queen, 500 North Market Street

Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (doors open at 12 p.m.) 


Monday, Sept. 18  

Event: 5K

Location: Rockford Park – Lookout Drive

Time: 5 p.m. (registration begins at 4 p.m.)


Tuesday, Sept. 19

Event: Middle school college tour

Location: Delaware State University, 1200 North DuPont Highway in Dover

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Wednesday, Sept. 20   

Event: Concert featuring Fabolous and Monica

Location: The Queen, 500 North Market Street

Time: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)


Thursday, Sept. 21t   

Event: “My HBCU Experience” panel discussion

Location: Howard High School of Technology, 401 East 12th Street

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)


Event: A conversation on social justice with Ashley Christopher and Ben Crump

Location: The Wilmington Library, 10 East 10th Street

Time:  6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Friday, Sept. 22   

Event – HBCU college fair

Location: The Chase Fieldhouse, 401 Garasches Lane

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Event: Comedy show featuring Chris Spencer and Bill Bellamy

Location: The Queen, 500 North Market Street

Time: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)


Saturday, Sept. 23    

Event – HBCU Week block party featuring 25 vendors, resource tables, games, giveaways, food

 trucks, host and DJ

Location: Downtown Wilmington – 10th Street between Market and Orange streets

Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Sunday, Sept. 24   

Event: HBCU battle of the bands, featuring Delaware State University, Lincoln University, Winston Salem State University, Virginia State University

Location: Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive

Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (gates open at 12:30 p.m.)

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