A crowd of 700 listened to Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard deliver a powerful keynote message at the United Negro College Fund’s Mayor’s Luncheon in Cleveland. The annual event raises scholarship funds that assist Black college students, mostly those who attend HBCUs. He issued the urgent directive that if HBCUs, including Wilberforce are to survive, everyone must play a philanthropic part. He thanked everyone for attending the luncheon – because that meant that the event created financial support for historically Black colleges.
Dr. Pinkard was presented the 2023 UNCF Torch Bearer Award by Fred Mitchell, Vice President of Development with UNCF.