Julie Coleman, of
The Greater Baltimore Chapter of
The audience was entertained with poetry by Taylor Galloway a ninth grader at the New Mark School of Excellence, and inspired spiritually through song by the mass choir of St. Stephens AME Church of Essex.
Gerri Bohanon, the chapter's president's mother, was the guest speaker. She encouraged the attendees to continue to support historically black colleges and universities. She spoke of how Wilberforce University is great educationally and personally a positive influence on the daughter Nikki's life. Her daughter's education at Wilberforce encouraged all her other children to pursue a higher education.
Rev. William H. Gray and St. Stephen AME Church was awarded the 2013 Daniel Payne award for their continuous support in all their chapters endeavors.
Coleman is a 1974 graduate of Havre de Grace High School and a 1979 graduate with honors of Wilberforce University. She was instrumental in organizing the Atlanta Chapter of Wilberforce and past assistant secretary of the national association. She joined the Baltimore Chapter at the invitation of Ruthie and Monroe Manning of Aberdeen, who have led in organizing the breakfast each year. Coleman is responsible for taking and distributing meeting minutes, chairing the membership committee and recruiting and sending out updates by mail, email and Facebook to alumni on local and national news.
Coleman said she had not heard of Wilberforce until her cousin, Debbie Jenkins, received her acceptance letter. After reviewing the information she sent off her application so sure she would be accepted she packed to head off to Ohio before she actually was notified. The letter arrived the day of her departure with full financial aid.
Falema N. Graham, a 2009 Wilberforce graduate, said when introducing Coleman, her warmth and loving disposition was instrumental in her joining the Greater Baltimore Chapter. Coleman said her strong ties with Wilberforce University has made it mandatory that she constantly look for opportunity to be of service to her alma mater and the community at large. Coleman has been honored by the national association for her dedication and financial support.
The awards and scholarship program was attended by Coleman's family and friends from as far away as Atlanta, Ga.