UNCF (United Negro College Fund) college presidents, alumni and students from the organization's 37 member institutions will gather for UNCF's 68th National Alumni Council (NAC) and 56th Pre-Alumni Council Leadership Conference to be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center Feb. 12-16.
The 2014 honorees for the UNCF/NAC Legacy Awards are United States Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Carolyn House Stewart, Esq., International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
The Conference will feature workshops that explore the best and most promising practices relevant to professional leadership and historically black college and university (HBCU) development. Attendees will also explore topics such as career readiness, safety, philanthropy and entrepreneurship.
"We are extremely excited about the 2014 Leadership Conference and the support we have received from the Memphis community," said Dorothy Colson, President of the National Alumni Council. "We look forward to another successful event, especially with our Legacy Award recipients – and all our honorees. Students and alumni from most, if not all, of our member institutions will be in attendance and ready to enjoy the city of Memphis."
UNCF member institution hosts for the conference include Fisk University, Lane College, The LeMoyne-Owen College, Philander Smith College and Rust College.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will serve as keynote speaker for the Conference's opening leadership luncheon scheduled for Feb. 13th. "I am honored to serve as co-
chair of this important gathering," said Wharton. "Thank you for choosing our City."
Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. will bring greetings during the Conference's corporate luncheon on Feb 14th.
The UNCF/NAC Legacy Awards will be presented to Rep. Lewis and Atty. Stewart during the Conference's Legacy Spectacular & Gala, also on Feb. 14th. Gala attendees will enjoy musical performances from Memphis natives The Bar-Kays, "American Idol's" Lil' Rounds and Alexis Grace, as well as Kris Thomas, finalist from NBC's "The Voice."
On Feb. 15th, the NAC Conference will host the UNCF Empower Me Tour presented by Wells Fargo, a free, traveling college-and career-readiness road show sponsored by UNCF and hosted by Morehouse College alum, Fonzworth Bentley.
Celebrating its sixth anniversary, the UNCF Empower Me Tour was created in partnership with Wells Fargo to prepare students to go to and through college and inspire them to take control of their future by using education as the foundation for achieving their goals and dreams.
"I am the fourth generation in my family to graduate from one of the 37 UNCF member institutions," Bentley said. "This is a very special honor for me to represent the values and goals of an organization that has given so much to not only the success of my family, but for thousands of families throughout this country and the world."
The NAC Conference will close with the crowning of Miss National UNCF 2014 on Feb. 15th. Each year, teams of students at UNCF member historically black colleges and universities compete by raising funds to help UNCF, its students and member institutions. The leader of the team that raises the highest amount is given the title of Miss National UNCF.
NOTE: The National Alumni Council Conference's schedule and registration information are available online at www.uncf.org/nac2014.