'A Different World' Cast Surprises Texas HBCU With $100K Scholarship
The former Hillman students stopped by Southwestern Christian College and blessed those students' lives.
December 13, 2018 at 8:10 pm
The cast of the iconic sitcom A Different World visited HBCU Southwestern Christian College with a $100,000 scholarship check. The award was a part of Ford’s Ultimate Homecoming Takeover initiative, an initiative designed to empower Black students to further their education and strengthen programs at historically Black colleges and universities nationwide.
At the Texas campus of 400 students, the legendary stars of our most beloved fictional HBCU also participated in a panel about the significance of Black colleges and universities as well as the inter-generational mark left by A Different World. Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Cree Summer and Darryl Bell discussed the significance of Hillman college as both a representation of HBCUs and being on one of few Black sitcoms.
“I loved the diversity of the cast. Usually, actors are the Black person on a show, and it’s very hard to represent everything about Black people in one person," Guy said. "We had different classes, different colorings, different backgrounds, different aspirations and that’s one thing I loved about A Different World. It showed the true spirit about what being Black is and that it is diverse within itself."
This isn't the first time the group has given back to an HBCU. Earlier this year, they helped award nine schools a total of $360,000 in grants.
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