TUSKEGEE, Ala. — Tuskegee University will celebrate its homecoming this week with a wide variety of activities for students, alumni and friends. The theme is “Bringing the World to Tuskegee and Tuskegee to the World.”
Thursday will be a day filled with elegance as all of the university’s royalty is celebrated during the Miss Tuskegee University Gala at 6 p.m. in Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Center. This year’s theme is “Journey through the Decades: Celebrating African–American Culture through Tuskegee University’s History and Fine Arts.” Also, a homecoming ball will take place at 8 p.m. in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
On Friday, a carnival will be held on University Avenue at noon. Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon will address alumni at 1 p.m. in the Kellogg’s auditorium. Alumni will get a chance to share memories during the reunion banquet in the Kellogg’s ballroom at 7 p.m. This is the reunion year for the 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 classes. Also, a concert for Tuskegee students will be on University Avenue at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, two Tuskegee Airmen — Booker Conley and Oscar C. Gadson Jr. — will serve as marshals during the homecoming parade, which starts at 9 a.m. from the university’s Lincoln Gates. Afterward, the public is invited to a pre-game brunch on the lawn of Logan Hall. Also, Tuskegee’s Golden Tigers will take on the Golden Bears from Miles College at 1 p.m. in the Cleve L. Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium. Later, the annual Greek step show will be held in the “Chappie” James Center at 7 p.m.
Former member of the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees and alumnus Dr. Matthew Jenkins will speak at the Charter Day/Homecoming Convocation on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the University Chapel. Jenkins is currently the president and CEO of SDD Enterprises, a real estate and property management company that he created with his wife, Roberta. The couple formed the Matthew and Roberta Jenkins Family Foundation in 1984. It has been responsible for providing a number of scholarships across the country to students, colleges and institutions.
For a full schedule of events and ticket information, click here.
"At Tuskegee [in 1976], I began to study the major works of Marxism. I gradually became convinced that racism by itself could not account for the oppressed conditions of black people in America and, for that matter, across the globe. Capitalism as an economic system was based on an unequal exchange between the owners of capital and those who worked for a wage. Capitalism as a social system fostered class stratification, extreme concentrations of wealth, and poverty and promoted race hatred as a means to divide workers. This basic analysis seemed to make sense, based on my own experiences growing up inside the United States, in the context of racial discrimination and social inequality. I came to Marxism not out of some abstract love for the white American working class, or out of faith in the power of the international proletariat, or out of respect for the models of Soviet and Chinese Communism, both of which I found equally problematic. I became a socialist because I believed in the struggles of black people, in their history and destiny, and because I believed that to eliminate racism and inequality decisively, a new democratic society would have to be constructed." - Manning Marable, 'Introduction: Towards an Autobiography of the Politics of Race and Class', Speaking Truth to Power: Essays on Race, Resistance and Radicalism (1996)