7.24.2014

A Night at the Movies


Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Univeral Pictures' Get On Up (PG-13), In theaters August 1st, 2014.

Heeeyyyy (In our best James Brown voice).. that guy looks familiar. If that's what you find yourself thinking as you look at the picture above, you have good reason. You might recognize Chadwick Boseman from his critically-acclaimed portrayal of Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013). If that's not it, you may recognize Boseman from seeing him around Howard's Campus. That's right, Chadwick Boseman ate in The Punch Out just like the rest of us. He is a proud Howard University Alumnus.

For that reason, the Howard University Alumni Association is supporting his latest role as the legendary James Brown in the biopic Get On Up. If that's not a good enough reason, there's a bigger picture for you to see here. Get On Up is the latest in a modern-wave of Hollywood films that are driven by a majority African-American cast. The Best Man Holiday, Think Like a Man Too, and About Last Night are few of the latest examples that hit it big at the box office. Let's make sure that Get On Up is the next.

In the 90s, movies and television depicted everyday characters in a full spectrum of brown complexions. Somewhere along the way we lost that. Now's our chance to get it back. Howard University has always stood at the helm in the betterment of the African-American community; let's continue that legacy.

Join the Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore for Movie Night! Feel free to bring a friend or the family with you.

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
4:15 pm
AMC Owings Mills 17
10100 Mill Run Cir,
Owings Mills, MD 21117


You can purchase tickets early here. See you at the movies!

7.02.2014

Mamie C. Woodford Scholarship 2014- Meet Our Winner: Ambe Sennon



Ambe Sennon with his sisters Asiyah, 14 years old and Saidah, 8 years old.

What is fondly known as the “Bison spirit” is what made Mamie Carroll Woodford become the namesake of this scholarship. She achieved the high goals she set for herself and remained diligent to her passion for higher education. Her dedication made her an asset to Howard University, Baltimore City and the Howard University Alumni Association. We see this same type of dedication in our 2014 recipient of the Mamie Carroll Woodford Scholarship, Ambe Sennon.

Determination, laser-beam focus and, as oxymoronic as it may sound, the ability to see the bigger picture were the qualities that made Ambe a stand-out. Although he will be a Freshman in Fall 2014, he already possesses the type of tenacity that we have seen throughout history amongst Howard University students. On paper, both Ambe and his mentors painted the portrait of a young man with the resilience of someone beyond his years. In conversation, it quickly becomes obvious that this is the core of Mr. Sennon’s being.

Howard University does not support White Supremacy.” This is not the type of phrase that comes to mind when you think of a welcome banner, but that’s exactly what Ambe’s welcome banner read. Perhaps we should explain.

While in the 11th grade, Ambe watched the tragedy of Trayvon Martin unfold. Ambe, along with Baltimoreans from all walks of life, participated in the 300 Man March. The 300 Man March was one of the many rallies that took place nationwide calling for justice for Trayvon. Howard University caught Mr. Sennon’s eye when he saw a picture of Howard students protesting for the same cause, holding a banner that read: “Howard University does not support White Supremacy.”

 “I needed to be there,” said Ambe.

His visit to the campus the following April confirmed that need.

“It felt so welcoming,” Ambe says as he reflects on the visit.

The campus is a big change from his Greenmount Avenue neighborhood. His peers deal with violence on the regular. As Ambe describes his neighborhood, the local news is on television in the background. It tells the story of a crime involving guys that are probably his same age. “It is time for a change,” He says.

Now that the destination was set, the journey began. For Ambe, applying for scholarships seemed harder than applying for admission. At one point he was applying for two scholarships a day. The Mamie C. Woodford scholarship was one he applied to after it was suggested by his school advisor. Ambe had applied to so many scholarships without so much as a thank-you-for-applying email in response. Little did he know, The Mamie C. Woodford Scholarship would be different.

“Wow! You never know what can happen,” was the thought that Ambe says came to his mind once he found out he won. The win has only added fuel to his fire. “Once I say something I have to prove to myself I can do it. I know in the long run it will really help me out so I don’t complain.”

Ambe also sites his mom and his two sisters as his motivation. He says his future success will be just as much for them as it will be for himself.

In the Fall, Ambe will be majoring in Marketing. After a summer job piqued his interest in the field, he plans to use that experience to excel in the School of Business. He is also looking forward to the diversity of Howard University. The backgrounds of the students that walk the campus of Howard will span even further than those that walked the hallways of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Ambe’s new alma mater. While on campus, he even hopes to get in touch with his Trinidadian culture.

Howard University is the perfect place to get better acquainted with the African diaspora. The Bison Spirit is demonstrated again in that desire to want to learn more. We hope Ambe finds all that he seeks. The Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore is happy to have Ambe Sennon as our 2014 Mamie C. Woodford Scholarship recipient.

3.27.2014

Day at the Races 2014


It's that time of the year again!  The 2014 HUAC Baltimore Day at the Races will take place on Saturday 5/24/14 in the Exclusive Jockey Room at Pimlico Race Course.  Tickets are $60 per person and include valet parking, lunch, and program.  All proceeds benefit the Mamie Carroll Woodford Endowed Scholarship Fund.  For more information, click here.

3.19.2014

Mamie C. Woodford Scholarship 2014-2015

Let's be honest, Howard can be expensive. We know. Money shouldn't hurt your relationship with the university we know and love. We're here to help. The Mamie C. Woodford Scholarship awards $2,000 scholarships ($1,000 per semester) to Howard University students from the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Do you go to Howard? Are you from Baltimore? Then, what are you waiting for? Here's your chance to get some financial relief. Applications are due on May 15th, 2014. Good luck!

Click for scholarship requirements and application.

3.06.2014

Alternative Spring Break 2014- Baltimore

ASB- Baltimore 2013 at New Psalmist Baptist Church
How did you spend your Spring Break when you were in college? Don't worry, we're not judging if you can't remember (wink, wink). Some students choose to forgo beaches and bathing suits for a bigger cause. For the past 20 years, Howard University has offered the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. Each year, hundreds of students choose to volunteer their time in various cities during their break.

In recent years, ASB has added Baltimore to their list of cities. The participants will tackle the issue of gang violence. Students will be doing a variety of activities throughout the city. The Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore appreciates all that ASB will be doing in order to combat this prominent issue amongst Baltimore youth. To show our appreciation, we will have a dinner welcoming them.

On Tuesday, March 11th at 7pm the ASB dinner will take place at New Psalmist Baptist Church. Bishop Walter S. Thomas is gracious enough to open the doors of his congregation to us. Bishop Thomas is a graduate of the Howard University School of Divinity.

We would love for you to join us for dinner! Consider this your formal invitation. It's a great chance to redeem yourself for those past Spring Breaks we promised we're not judging you for (just kidding, we're still not judging though).

BONUS: The club will sponsor a few current students who would like to come as well. So if you're a Howard student or alumni in the Baltimore area and would like to join us for dinner next week, email us at huacb1@hotmail.com. There are limited seats available.

For more information on Howard University's Alternative Spring Break, visit www.howard.edu/asb

For more information on New Psalmist Baptist Church, visit www.newpsalmist.org

2.07.2014

Happy Hour at Colin's Seafood and Grill

Delicious seafood entrees, colorful drinks and Bison love filled the atmosphere at Colin's Seafood and Grill. On Friday, January 31st, club members caught up with each other over happy hour. Colin's Seafood and Grill is a newly opened restaurant located in Randallstown, MD and they played a gracious host.

Club members greeted each other with warm embraces and big smiles as they entered the back room of the bar. After everyone got settled, a group introduction was in order. Alumni from the class of 1968 all the way to the class of 2012 were in attendance. That's over four decades of alumni in one place.

Club members were able to exchange tales of Howard University past and present. While much has changed, the love of Howard remained the same amongst all. The happy hour also served as a networking event as Bison met some new faces and got reacquainted with familiar ones. Before leaving many exchanged business cards and contact information. Those same warm embraces and big smiles served as a goodbye as the group wished each other a safe trip and parted ways.

Want to be apart of this wonderful atmosphere? The club hosts several happy hours throughout the year at different locations around the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Make sure you stay plugged-in with the Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore. We're now on Instagram and you can always find us on Facebook.


To find out more about Colin's Seafood and Grill visit their Facebook page.

Club members pose for a group picture

President Donyale Smith addresses the room

Conversation over entrees


1.23.2014

MLK Day of Service 2014



"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"

 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Amongst the many things Dr.King left as his legacy, service remains to be one of the most important. On Monday, January 20th, 2014 the Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore chose to honor this legacy by participating in a day of service. 


Club President Donyale Smith and Recording
Lynae Turner 
The club joined with the nonprofit organization, The 6th Branch, in their initiative to revitalize the Johnston Square neighborhood. This area is in East Baltimore and includes an elementary school, a playground and a basketball court which make up Ambrose Kennedy Park. Amidst older row-houses and an abandoned lot where row-houses once stood, the park had become neglected over the years.

The Howard Alumni Club of Baltimore helped to clean up the littered area, pull up weeds, and replace the battered concrete with a garden. The goal was to make the neighborhood enjoyable for the residents again and we were more than happy to take part in this project. Check out more pictures from the day below:
Vice President Brian Hall with Wife and Club Member Lisa Hall
Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore
Ambrose Kennedy Park photo courtesy of The 6th Branch
To learn more about The 6th Branch visit T6B

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