The mission of the NBCA Hall of Fame Foundation is to serve as a catalyst and partner for ensuring the stability, strength and excellence of the nation's HBCUs.
Online PR News – 27-September-2018 – Atlanta, GA – CRAIG T. WELBURN AMONG THE HONOREES
TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE 2018 NBCA HALL OF FAME
Atlanta, GA - August 1, 2018
The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. will host its 33rd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Friday, September 28, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Each year, graduates of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) are inducted into the Hall of Fame for significant contributions they have made in their respective fields. This event promotes the viability of HBCUs and highlights the accomplishments of their alumni.
Among this year's stellar class is Craig T. Welburn, inducted in the category of Business. In 1983, Mr. Welburn and his wife, Diane, opened their first McDonald's Restaurant. Today they operate 30 restaurants, spanning across Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. His family is now the largest African-American McDonald's franchise owners in the world. He is proud of the opportunities he has been able to provide others, personally empowering nine others to become franchise owners. Mr. Welburn is a graduate of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and continues to support the institution through his generous financial contributions to scholarships, athletic programs, and the national alumni association. Additionally, Welburn Management supports Howard University and over 120 schools in local communities through philanthropic efforts that assist with fundraiser nights, school incentives, and teacher support programs. He currently serves as the CEO and Chairman of the National Black McDonald's Owners Association.
Other award recipients joining Mr. Welburn are: Arts/Entertainment - Dowell Taylor, Jackson State University; Athletics - Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State University; Industry - Dr. Henry Coaxum, Jr.; Talladega College; Community Service - Dr. Dorothy Wilson, Benedict College; Education - Dr. Lawrence Davis, Jr., University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Faith/Theology - Dr. Audrey F. Bronson, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania; Government - Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews (Retired), Savannah State University; Medicine - James Densler, MD, Savannah State University; Lifetime Achievement - Leonidas Epps, Jr. (Posthumously), Clark Atlanta University; and receiving the Chairman's Award - Coach Rod Broadway, North Carolina A&T State University.
The Induction Ceremony is part of the Annual NBCA Hall of Fame Weekend. Other events include The Competition of Black College Queens, HBCU Invitational Golf Classic, Presidents Summit, Legacy of Leaders Alumni Awards, Call to Womanhood and Call to Manhood Symposia, Positive Image Program and other programs intended to empower and equip HBCU alumni to better serve their alma maters and communities as a whole.
The mission of the NBCA Hall of Fame Foundation is to serve as a catalyst and partner for ensuring the stability, strength and excellence of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities. For more details on the events of the 33rd 2018 NBCA Hall of Fame Weekend and information on the programs and initiatives of the Foundation, please visit the website at www.nbcahof.org.