The media mogul presented the award to Howard’s new president, Dr. Ben Vinson III, while on stage. According to Revolt, Diddy presented the donation by stating how HBCUs “rightfully deserve” the support to help the new generation of Black scholars achieve their academic goals.
“As someone who attended Howard University and values the transformative experience of historically Black colleges, it remains crucial that we strive to protect and uphold their legacy,” shared the 53-year-old.
“This donation to Howard is not just a financial contribution; it’s also a reaffirmation of our commitment to a cultural institution that has touched countless lives. It’s about ensuring that HBCUs continue to receive the support they rightfully deserve.”
Dr. Vinson also expressed the school’s immense gratitude toward the generosity of the entertainer, stating how “tremendously meaningful” this funding is to Howard’s betterment.
In an additional surprise, Diddy performed some of his classic and modern hits, such as “I Need a Girl (Pt. 1)” and “Act Bad” at the star-studded concert, which also featured appearances by Pusha T and Victoria Monet.
In a year seemingly dedicated to giving back, Diddy has also invested in a $1 million dollar fund to commemorate Invest Fest in Atlanta, in partnership with “Earn Your Leisure.” The money will go toward his three Capital Preparatory schools across the Northeast region.
For this personal moment of philanthropy, the father of 7 also shared the “full circle moment” to his Instagram, showcasing his impact toward the school he fondly remembers.
“HBCUs are something that we have to protect,” remarked the alumnus. “They gave birth to me, my resiliency & let me understand my Black excellence! HBCUs introduced me to people all over the world. We have to keep coming home, sowing our seed & investing in all HBCUs!! Love to my alma mater @Howard1867!”
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Source: Black Enterprise