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Alumni Jazz Brunch Topped Off a Historic Homecoming Weekend at Howard

Guests enjoyed live music and great company, all to support students and celebrate achievements

Howard University Alumni Jazz Brunch 2022

More than 100 alumni and friends snapped fingers and swayed to the sultry sounds of live music during the Alumni Jazz Brunch, which capped off a historic homecoming weekend at Howard’s Armour J. Blackburn University Center. Headlining the event was female musical group The Soul Sistas, whose stylized rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and personized versions of popular tunes dazzled the audience.

The Alumni Jazz Brunch was a scholarship fundraiser to support students in the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts.  While the Sunday afternoon began with overcast skies, the sun prevailed as alumni and friends gathered to highlight Howard’s amazing students, faculty, and alumni coming together to support the next generation.

Molette Green (‘91), news anchor and community reporter at NBC4 and a Howard alumna, served as emcee. A Washingtonian from Northeast D.C., Green said she felt love and support while a student at Howard and that she could be anything she wanted to be, from her first job in Meridian, Mississippi, to today at NBC4 in Washington, DC, where she covers stories that matter to the community.

Green introduced Howard University First Lady Simone Frederick who has served multiple years as honorary chair for the event. Mrs. Frederick said the occasion honors our community and achievements.

“That is why this Alumni Jazz Brunch has become so special to me, because it celebrates all our Howard community.  We hear the incredible talents of our students and faculty, and our alumni come together to celebrate and support their achievements. Today is a reminder of what makes Howard so special,” Mrs. Frederick said.

During the invocation, Reverend Dr. Michele V. Hagans (B.S., ‘73, M.S., ‘76, MDiv., ‘07, DMin., ‘13), a Howard University Board of Trustee member, encouraged alumni and friends to continue to nurture and support Howard with service and commitment. “We all have to play a part,” she said. Hagans, a four-time Howard alumna, is president and chief executive officer of Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation.

Guests engaged during the reception, followed by a dining experience that included quiche, sausage, potatoes and an array of desserts. Prior to The Soul Sistas’ performance, Mathew Solera, also known as Matt the Violinist, warmed the stage with a medley of instrumental jazz tunes.