by: Jasmine Saunders
Jennifer Holliday is set to perform at Delaware State University’s 2015 Scholarship Ball on Dec. 12th.
The event is going to be held at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in the Rollins Center Ballroom at 6PM.
Some of the songs that she will sing will be hits and crowd favorites from the Broadway play “Dreamgirls”, like “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Am Changing”.
Amongst those will be some Christmas songs to celebrate the season and then she will “spice it up” with some pop songs.
Holliday expressed that DSU’s Historically Black College and University (HBCU) status influenced her decision to perform for the university.
She has used her name to help promote efforts for numerous HBCUs like Dillard University in New Orleans and Tuskegee University down in Alabama.
Ms. Holliday explained that we have to not only bring attention to HBCUs and demonstrate its importance to others, but we have to “convince our own people” of their excellence.
The Broadway star believes that historically black colleges and universities are still in fact relevant in America today.
Her words only add to the continued debate of whether HBCUs still have a place in a mostly desegregated society.
On advice for college students who are trying to carve out their own paths in the world, she has this to say: “You have believe in yourself…believe that you have something to offer [the world].”