Hulon Willis Association 25th Anniversary Weekend

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

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 goes live on April 8. Early bird pricing ends May 26. RSVP by June 9.

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 reccommend hotels in the Metro Center/Penn Quarter area of DC, due to Metro accessibility and proximity to events and attractions.

Courtyard by Marriott 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
@Busboys and Poets
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. 
Casual attire, please.


Hulon Willis in the World: A Conversation on Public Affairs, Politics, & Diversity
@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.
Business casual attire, please.


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


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. 
Semi-formal attire, please.


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.

Business casual attire, please.

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.