Meet The HBCU Grads & Founders of HBCU Summer Fest
Summer Fest is approaching fast and lucky for you Campus Lately has the Behind the Scenes scoop of all things Summer Fest.
A Look At the Founders
Blake Nathan, an alumnus of Tennessee State University, and Brittany Stephans, an alumna of Lincoln University (PA), both have a deep passion for the progression of HBCU’s as their parents are also HBCU alumni. Their passion along with a lot of hard work produced what we all know as Summer Fest.
Blake started as a TSU Tiger and progressed gracefully across the country until earning two Masters Degrees. He became a Technology Education teacher in Indianapolis, realizing there was more that could be done. He then founded Educate Me to inspire more future educators of color. For fun, he plays in an adult baseball league and he obviously loves event planning. He prefers Macadamia Nut cookies and to escape a stressful day he listens to gospel music, motivational podcasts, and prays.
Brittany started at Lincoln University PA as a Lion and progressed to her Masters at Central State University. She loves to read and dance like Beyonce in her free time. She prefers chocolate chip cookies over Oreo’s and to escape a stressful day she follows specific steps: she watches her Flipagram vision board, prays, reads a positive message, and listens to her “Happy Playlist” that includes songs such as Sounds of Blackness- “Optimistic” and Kirk Franklin- “Lovely Day”.
Summer Fest was an idea for an HBCU picnic much like the Greek picnics that already take place. However, that idea was expanded to an extended week much like the typical HBCU homecoming. The founders knew that often times fall homecomings fall very close together, and a summer occasion like this would not have any conflicting events.
They describe Summer Fest “as an outward manifestation of the royalty inside our DNA”
Attending a Summer Fest is similar to your HBCU homecoming with its feature of similar premier events that occur throughout the week. The only difference is the fact that Summer Fest is an extended weekend in comparison to your normal Homecoming Week.
If you’re wondering how Summer Fest can benefit you, the founders want you to know that the networking opportunities are ENDLESS. The timing of Summer Fest is convenient for successful alumni to attend and allowing Summer Fest to become an event strengthening the black college network pool.
Let’s keep in mind that the sole purpose of Summer Fest is the youth. Educate ME is making an effort to provide more students with HBCU scholarships and College Tour opportunities. For the surrounding communities, multiple Summer Fest sponsors are providing school supplies to local Atlanta students during that first week of school.
Summer Fest’s partnerships include The HBCU App, Music Greeks, and Midwest Greek Weekend.
HBCU Summerfest will be held August 3-6, 2017.
Register here: http://hbcusummerfest.com/