HBCU Power Awards set to Honor Pinky Cole, Cynthia Harrison Bowman, Charles King and More


( ENSPIRE Community Spotlight ) The HBCU Power Awards to Honor Civil Rights Legend Andrew Young During Morehouse Homecoming Friday, October 27, 2023

The HBCU Power Awards has announced that civil rights icon, former Atlanta Mayor, and living legend, Andrew Young will receive the “Icon Award” at this evening of excellence on Friday, October 277:30PM at Morehouse College (Martin Luther King Jr International Chapel – 830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta GA 30314). As a senior aide to Martin Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the 1960s, Andrew Young helped shape the civil rights movement and its philosophy of nonviolent resistance. 

Ambassador Young joins an impressive list of honorees, including Pinky Cole (CEO, Slutty Vegan/Clark Atlanta), Charles King (CEO, MACRO/Howard University), Cynthia Bowman (SVP Chief Diversity Officer, Bank of America/Spelman College), Datari Turner (President, Foxxhole Productions), April Ryan (White House Correspondent) and Henry Goodgame (VP, External and Alumni Relation, Morehouse College).

The HBCU Power Awards will feature a performance from Motown Records recording artist Leon Thomas. The buzzworthy singer/songwriter will perform songs from the acclaimed EP, Electric Dusk. STARZ POWER BOOK IV actor, Isaac Keys (Morehouse c/o ’96) will co-host the show.

Founded by Sundance film producer and event producer Jash’d Kambui Belcher (Morehouse c/o ’99), the HBCU Power Awards honors the achievements and accomplishments of HBCU alumni and supporters who are making innovative and leading-edge achievements in business, sports, philanthropy, media, music, technology, TV, film, politics, civil service and fashion. 

“We created the HBCU Power Awards to serve as a platform to celebrate black excellence and to highlight the importance of HBCUs in our communities,” says Belcher. “Our honorees embody the spirit of success and commitment to community that HBCUs have instilled in students for decades.”

Adds Watkins: “In a time when the existence of our HBCUs is being threatened, the HBCU Power Awards is a shining reminder of the genius and innovation that black colleges generate every year.” Presenting Sponsors of the 2023 HBCU Power Awards are Ford and Amazon. Additional sponsors include Morehouse College and Bank of America.

Early Bird ticket prices start at $15/$35  and are available at HBCUPower.com.


The HBCU Power Awards was created to herald the accomplishments of scholars who attended historically black colleges and universities and have succeeded against the odds. This special recognition is bestowed upon a select few who have overcome adversity in society in order to attain unique distinction. The HBCU Power Awards aims to positively impact a creative synergy between HBCU alumni, students, and faculty by strengthening and creating relationships among them. The Awards aims to inspire youth to bring their talents to an HBCU. It will also open the door to new and innovative fundraising at Morehouse College.

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