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Hulon Willis Association 25th Anniversary Weekend

Time: June 23 - 25, 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Contact:

Jack Edgar '15, University Advancement

(202) 836-8602

The Hulon Willis Association and the William & Mary Alumni Association invite you to be a part of the

Hulon Willis Association 25th Anniversary Weekend

Featuring esteemed speakers and alumni, and social, intellectual, and cultural events spanning from Friday to Sunday. HWA hopes that all alumni and friends of William & Mary will save the date and join them in June in D.C. for a weekend to look back, celebrate, honor the African-American experience at William & Mary thus far and look forward to the next 25 years and beyond.

Registration:
Registration closes June 16. 

Accommodations:
Out-of-town guests wishing to secure accommodations are encouraged to do so. HWA has secured limited lodging opportunities, but you are welcome to seek your own accommodations as well. We recommend hotels in the Metro Center/Penn Quarter area of DC, due to Metro accessibility and proximity to events and attractions.

Courtyard by Marriott Washington Convention Center
900 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 638-4600 | Book online here
Rate: $179/night | Phrase: "William & Mary Alumni Association"
Our room block has sold out. However, we recommend still booking with this hotel or another nearby if possible!

Schedule of Events:

One Tribe One Mic: The 25th Kickoff Reception | SOLD OUT
@Busboys and Poets (14th & V)
Friday, June 23 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

The weekend will begin with a bang at Busboys and Poets, the iconic DC landmark named after Langston Hughes and long known as a place for "artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers." Join us for a night of festivities featuring a diverse array of student and alumni performances delivered on the world-class stage of The Langston Room. Mica Willis '13 will give the weekend's opening toast, and Ric Lampkins '14 will serve as our master of ceremonies.

Hors d'oeuvres and two drinks included with admission. Cash bar available afterwards. 
$25 | Casual attire, please.

Don’t fret: the party will continue afterwards at Jack Rose Dining Saloon for drinks and cigars.

Parking & Transportation:
Busboys and Poets is located at 2021 14th St NW. The venue is 2 blocks from the U Street Metro Station (Green/Yellow Lines). Street parking may be available and there is a paid parking garage on 14th next to St. Augustine Catholic School, but public transportation or Uber/Lyft/Taxi usage is strongly recommended to reach this event.

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Hulon Willis in the World: A Conversation on Public Affairs, Politics, & Diversity | SOLD OUT
@The National Press Club
Saturday, June 24 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this morning panel discussion, African American alumni at the top of their fields will engage in a conversation on how their education shaped their professional passion, their leadership in their work, and why diversity in education and the public sector is vital to their field and our future. 

William & Mary's Chief Diversity Officer Chon Glover M.Ed. '99, Ed.D. '06 will serve as the moderator for this discussion. Panelists include:

  • The Honorable Viola O. Baskerville '73: Former Secretary of Administration, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Jane H. Carpenter-Rock '92: Deputy Director, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Rita M. Sampson '89: Chief of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Brian P. Woolfolk, Esq. J.D. '97: Principal, Swan Creek Strategies

Breakfast included with admission.
$20 | Business casual attire, please.

Parking & Transportation: 
The National Press Club is located at 529 14th St NW. Use the 14th St Entrance and take the elevator to the 13th floor. The venue is less than 2 blocks from the Metro Center Station (Blue/Orange/Red/Silver Lines) and is walkable from the Courtyard by Marriott Washington Convention Center where many guests are staying. Additional driving directions and parking recommendations are available from the National Press Club here.

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An Afternoon of African American History | SOLD OUT
@The National Museum of African American History & Culture
Saturday, June 24 | 2:00 PM

Washington's hottest new attraction isn't across the river at the MGM, it's the newest Smithsonian museum right on the National Mall! Snag a coveted timed-pass to the National Museum of African American History while they last, and experience with fellow alumni the only national museum dedicated to documenting the evolving story of African American life.

Already visited the NMAAHC? Consider one of these other options, all featuring exhibits on African American History:
- Snapshots of African American Communities at the National Museum of American History
- African Voices at the National Museum of Natural History
- The African American Civil War Museum

Parking & Transportation: 
The NMAAHC is located at 1400 Constitution Ave NW. The museum is less than 2 blocks from the both Federal Triangle and Smithsonian Metro Stations (Blue/Orange/Silver Lines) and is a 15 minute walk from the Courtyard by Marriott Washington Convention Center where many guests are staying. Additional parking and transportations recommendations are available on the Smithsonian website here. William & Mary staff will be waiting at the Constitution Avenue entrance with all passes beginning at 1:30 PM. It is recommended that guests arrive at least 15 minutes early. 

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The Hulon Willis Association 25th Anniversary Gala
@The National Press Club Ballroom
Saturday, June 24 | 6:00 - 10:00 PM

The National Press Club has hosted monarchs, scholars, entertainers, and every U.S. president since Theodore Roosevelt. Now, the Club's famed Ballroom will be the scene of the 25th Anniversary Gala of the Hulon Willis Association. Join us for a night of celebration and recognition of African American history at William & Mary, as we highlight the impact of both Hulon Willis and HWA, the strides and contributions made in the past 25 years, and what the future holds for African American alumni and students.

Our evening will begin with a cocktail reception featuring The Inevitable Present, a 2011 Swem Special Collection Exhibit on the history of integration at the university. Dinner and celebration will follow, punctuated by a trio of keynote speakers each offering their unique perspective on the William & Mary experience, Hulon Willis, and the history and future of African Americans at William & Mary. Our trio includes:

  1.  Hulon L. Willis, Jr. '77
  2.  Danielle M. Greene '12: Hulon L. Willis, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient, 2011-2012
  3. Joanne M. Braxton, Ph.D.: Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of the Humanities at William & Mary, Director of the Middle Passage Project

Dinner and drinks included with admission. Music and entertainment provided by KC Malone '15, DJ Roadrunner Professional DJ Services
$125 alumni/guest, $100 Young Guarde | Semi-formal attire, please.

Don’t fret: the party will continue afterwards at The Park at Fourteenth.

Parking & Transportation: 
The National Press Club is located at 529 14th St NW. Use the 14th St Entrance and take the elevator to the 13th floor. The venue is less than 2 blocks from the Metro Center Station (Blue/Orange/Red/Silver Lines) and is walkable from the Courtyard by Marriott Washington Convention Center where many guests are staying. Additional driving directions and parking recommendations are available from the National Press Club here.

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Hulon Willis Association's Presidential Search Listening Forum
@Covington & Burling LLP | Ruff Conference Room
Sunday, June 25 | 10:00 AM

After nearly a decade as the 27th president of William & Mary, W. Taylor Reveley III announced plans to retire effective June 30, 2018. This forum will be part of the Presidential Search Committee's steps to gain insight into what qualities the W&M community wants in its next president, and will give the Hulon Willis Association a chance to have its many voices heard. Committee Member Brian Woolfolk, Esq. J.D. ‘97 will lead the discussion.

Learn more about the process to find President Reveley's successor on the Presidential Search website.

Complimentary | Space is limited. 

Parking & Transportation:
Covington & Burling LLP is located at 850 10th St NW in CityCenterDC. Enter through the lobby at One CityCenter and reception will direct you to the Ruff Conference Room. This venue is just blocks away from Metro Center Station (Blue/Orange/Red/Silver Lines) and is a 6 minute walk from the Courtyard by Marriott Washington Convention Center where many guests are staying. CityCenterDC parking recommendations are available on their website here

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Bon Voyage Brunch, DC Style | SOLD OUT
@Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Sunday, June 25 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Goodbyes are never easy, but they're made easier while brunching at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, the lively tapas restaurant owned by famed DC chef Jose Andres and included in the Michelin Guide's list of "exceptional restaurants at moderate prices." Spend the morning with new friends and old, and close out the 25th Anniversary Weekend in true Washington, DC fashion. Bon voyage, and go Tribe!

Prix-fixe brunch menu is included with admission, featuring creative Mexican tapas served group-style, and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages available as a cash purchase.

$35 | Business casual attire, please.

Parking & Transportation:
Oyamel is located at 401 7th St NW. The restaurant is just 1 block away from the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro Station (Green/Yellow Lines) and is a 6 minute walk from the Courtyard by Marriott Washington Convention Center where many guests are staying. Parking information is available on Oyamel's website here.

What is the Hulon Willis Association?
The Hulon Willis Association (HWA) is William & Mary’s African-American alumni organization. The association’s namesake, Hulon Willis Sr. M.Ed ’56, enrolled in 1951 as the university’s first black student. Since its founding, HWA has remained “dedicated to encouraging fellowship among alumni, promoting the interests of the Alumni Association and the College and enhancing the quality of life for current African-American students at the College through scholarship opportunities as well as other avenues of involvement.” HWA’s scholarship, the Hulon Willis Sr. Memorial Scholarship Endowment, provides financial assistance for William & Mary students who work to contribute to the university’s multicultural community.