Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eta Beta Lambda and Delta Mu Chapters held the 21st Annual Dr. Evies O. Cranford: Tribute to Historically Black Colleges & Universities Scholarship Banquet on Feb. 24 at the Hyatt Hotel in Wichita.
This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, provost and chief academic officer of Howard University, Washington DC. Dr. Frederick was introduced by Howard Alum, Kiana Knolland.
Entertainment was provided by A.R.I.S.E. and a moving rendition of “A Change is Going to Come” was performed by Darius Ray. The Alpha Esquires under the leadership of Bro. Joseph Shepard entertained the audience with a “stroll.”
At the end of his presentation, Dr. Frederick was presented with an engraved clock by local Alpha Phi Alpha chapter President, Bro. Lt. Col. James Vandross.
Christine Robinson, Cameron Morgan, Jaden Powell, Kayla Johnson and Whitney Mayberry all received $500 scholarships towards their college education from the Alphas. In a surprise move, Dr. Frederick announced if they attended Howard University, the university would match that amount.
Without Dr. Evies Cranford, who passed in 2017, to lead the annual roll call of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, his wife, Dr. Sharon Cranford with the assistance of their son Carlton, stepped up to the task.