Annual Dillard Concert Choir Holiday Concert on December 6th


Dillard University Alumni it is that time of the year again to start the Holiday season with the sounds of the beautiful Dillard University Concert Choir. The concert choir will amaze and move you with their selections of holiday songs and spirituals. The concert will be on Sunday, December 6, 2015 in Lawless Chapel. Please click the link and learn more about this great event.


Missouri underscores need for HBCUs, Dillard president Walter Kimbrough writes

Dr. Walter Kimbrough 7th President of Dillard University

Dr. Walter Kimbrough 7th President of Dillard University

Dr. Walter Kimbrough recently penned a response about the importance of HBCU’s after the crisis in Missouri raised many questions about black students experience at PWI’s . Please click the link and read the article.

Edie Mukiibi of Uganda & Slow Food International will speak at Dillard University Thursday


The Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture & the Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard Lecture Series will launch their lecture series this Thursday November 12, 2015 at 11a.m. with Edie Mukiibi of Uganda of Slow Food International.
Ugandan agronomist Edward Mukiibi will speak at Dillard University during a five-city tour of the United States to shed light on food sovereignty work in Africa and meet with those in the US who too address the rights of communities to determine their food access. Mukiibi is the architect of the celebrated 1,000 Slow Food Gardens in Africa. The project was launched in 2010 with the goal of creating 1,000 gardens in schools and villages in 25 cities throughout Africa. Slow Food reached their 1,000 goal and also announced an expanded effort to re-launch the project with a new target of creating 10,000 gardens in Africa.
The “An All You Can Eat Healthy Lunch,” on campus in the Student Union Ballroom on the 2nd floor, immediately follows the program from 12 p.m., to 2 p.m. and features Chefs Dominique Adansi-Bona and Baba Ken Amen, who will prepare a locally sourced meal for $20.00 per person. The proceeds benefit the Slow Food Garden in Africa and the Dillard University Study Abroad Office to provide scholarships for students to explore culinary food ways, global learning and gain cultural awareness. The culinary experience includes a savory mix of Louisiana grown vegetables and a twist on a few local classics, including a tasty Louisiana Hot Sausage that is completely vegetable based, seasoned to perfection and cooked until golden brown.
The day of food and giving is a collaboration with Slow Food New Orleans, Sodexo Dining Services, the Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture and the Study Abroad Office.
Please click this link to learn more about Mr. Edie Mukiibi lecture and the “All You Can Eat Healthy Lunch” following the event.


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Happy Birthday Billy Ray Hobley


Today we honor one of Dillard University greatest sons Billy Ray Hobley on his birthday. Happy Birthday Billy Ray Hobley we are thankful for everything you did for Dillard University. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Hobley family, friends and classmates as they celebrate the life of this great alumnus

Billy Ray Hobley was born the youngest of twelve children to David and Lucy M. Hobley of Quincy, Florida. Billy Ray attended James A. Shanks High School where he received All-City, All-Region, All-State, All-American honors and then was recruited to Dillard University. At Dillard the 6’8 handler continued to succeed, in 75’ he scored 612 points within 27 games, for an average of 22.6 points per game and was named Offensive player of the year. In 77’ Hobley graduated from Dillard to join the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.

Billy Ray soon became known for his jolting slam-dunks, razzle-dazzle ball handling and effervescent personality. He lived up to his nickname “Supertrotter” and was said to be the ultimate Globetrotter. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Hobley appeared as a guest actor-entertainer on “The Tonight Show,” “M.A.S.H.,” “The Love Boat,” “ABC Wide World of Sports,” “First Annual NBA All-Star Classic,” and the “Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony,” to name a few.  During his 22yrs with the Globetrotters, Billy Ray traveled the world six times until his final season in 1998. Amongst his several accomplishments in 1996 Hobley had the honor to participate in a special ceremony with Nelson Mandela, in Pretoria, South Africa, which Mandela was made an honorary Globetrotter.

Hobley returned to his Alma Mater Dillard University as an assistant men’s basketball coach and became the interim head coach the next season. In 2000, he guided the team to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championship and in 2001; he was given the prestigious honor of being named “Coach of The Year”. In addition to his successful career he began working closely with athletes on their professional aspirations as well as with local children. He was Executive Director and Founder of A.S.K. the Billy Ray Hobley Foundation Sports Academy which promoted drug awareness and prevention for high risked adolescents. Mr. Hobley was also honored by the Outstanding Young Men of America, the City of New Orleans, and the Chief of Police of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He held membership on the boards of the National Association for the Mentally Retarded and Young Men’s Christian Association; and a faithful member of Historic Second Baptist church in New Orleans, Louisiana.

On July 31, 2002 Billy Ray passed away while enjoying a game of tennis, his memory lives on through his wife Mattie, children Raichell and Bill Ray, II,  nephew Elijah Hobley, and a host of relatives and friends that loved him. Billy Ray’s charismatic personality and kind heart, was a unique presence and continues to live through the A.S.K. Program and Dillard University’s Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Fund. On November 24th 2002 Mayor Louis J. Congemi of Kenner, Louisiana where he resided till his death made that Sunday, Billy Ray Hobley Day.

On Sunday February 13, 2011 Billy Ray “Suppertrotter” Hobley was posthumously honored with the Harlem Globetrotters “Legends” award in his adopted hometown New Orleans, La.  Accepted by the Hobley Family, Billy Ray became the 29th recipient of this prestigious honor.

The Bio is  from the Billy Ray Hobley A.S.K. Foundation Please support the Foundation by making a donation at

SUNO Breaks Ground on New Facility Named After DU Alumna Millie M. Charles

Dr. Millie Charles recipient of the prestigious Times-Picayune Loving Cup

Dr. Millie Charles recipient of the prestigious Times-Picayune Loving Cup

DU Alumna Dr. Millie M. Charles is a pioneer in the field of Social Work. She is the founding Dean of the Social of Social Work at Southern University in New Orleans. Last year she was awarded the historic Times-Picayune Loving Cup for her endless service to the New Orleans community. Last week the campus of Southern University of New Orleans broke ground on a new facility that will be named in her honor. Congratulations Dr. Charles we the Dillard University Family are indeed honored by your dedication to social work, social justice and education. Please click the link to learn more about the new facility the Millie M. Charles School of Social Work.

DU Houston Alumna Monica Jackson Profiled for Helping the Community through Counseling

MEJ7We were excited to learn that the site Black Southern Belle highlighted Dillard University Daughter Monica Jackson of the Class of 2004.

Monica Jackson is a licensed professional counselor and is currently working on her doctoral degree. She recently opened iWin Counseling Service a partial private practice that is a stepping stone to individuals who find themselves going through life challenges.

Please click on the link and learn more about this distinguish sister of Dillard University and her work in the field of counseling in the great city of Houston, Texas. Congratulations Monica Jackson.

iWin Counseling Service Facebook Link