A Candle in the Dark Gala
Founder's Day 2018 and A Candle in the Dark Gala
ABOUT THE ANNUAL “A CANDLE IN THE DARK ” GALA
The "A Candle in the Dark" Gala was named after the title of the College's official history book written by Edward A. Jones '26. The Gala has become one of the nation's premier events that celebrates African American achievements. The event has honored more than 135 individuals over the past 30 years.
Past Honorees include Dr. Peter Chatard Jr. '56; actors Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson '72 and Danny Glover; renowned historian and educator John Hope Franklin; legendary sports figures Henry "Hank" Aaron, Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe; retired New York Transit Authority worker Clarence "Kappa" Brown '40; civil rights leaders Andrew Young and H. Julian Bond '71; former Postal Rate Commission Chairman George Haley '49; former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher '63; noted scholar and professor Cornel West and philanthropist and entertainer Oprah Winfrey.