Wednesday, May 11, 2005
UNIVERSITY NEW YORK ALUMNI HONOR TWO PIONEERS AT THE SECOND
ANNUAL AWARDS RECEPTION.
UNIVERSITY, PA (www.lincoln.edu)--Wilbert Tatum ’58, owner
of the NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS, and writer Lawrence
P. Neal ‘61 (posthumously) will be honored by the New
York area alumni of Lincoln University at its Second Annual
Alumni Awards Reception being held on Friday, May 20, 2005 at
6:00 p.m. at Loft Eleven (Westside Loft), 336 W. 37 Street,
New York City.
Warren R. Colbert Sr. ‘68,
first vice president, UBS, and chairman, Planning and Development
Committee, Lincoln University Board of Trustees, stated: “The
goal is to highlight and celebrate the tradition of excellence
exhibited throughout Lincoln’s 151-year legacy as America’s
First Historically Black College and to recognize and encourage
Lincoln students from the New York area.” Lincoln University
currently has 337 students from New York and over 2,000 alumni
in the tri-state area. Colbert conceived the event and serves
as its co-chair along with The Honorable Ruth E. Smith, ’81,
Civil Court Judge for the City of New York, and Robert A. James
journalist and businessman, Wilbert “Bill” Tatum
graduated from Lincoln University in 1958 before going on to
attend Yale University as a National Urban Fellow sponsored
by the National League of Cities, the United States Conference
of Mayors and the Ford Foundation. He received his Masters Degree
in Urban Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
In 1971 Mr. Tatum purchased the NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS
with his partners. In 1972 they went on to purchase New York
City radio stations WLIB and WBLS: the flagship stations of
the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation’s consortium of
stations in California, Michigan, Texas, Indiana and New York.
Mr. Tatum and his partners also own corporate stock for the
famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem. He and his wife, Susan Kohn,
have a daughter, Elinor, who serves as publisher and editor-in-chief
of the NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS.
(Lawrence Paul) Neal was well known as a writer, literary and
music critic, and major catalyst for the Black Arts Movement
of the 1960s and 1970s. Born September 5, 1937 in Atlanta, Georgia
he grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Lincoln University
in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and English. In 1964
he received a Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania
and moved from Philadelphia to New York City. The following
year he married Evelyn Rodgers, a chemist at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Until 1976, Neal taught creative writing and English at several
universities including City College of New York, Case Western
Reserve and Yale University. In 1970 he became a recipient of
a Guggenheim Fellowship for Afro-American critical studies.
In 1971 they adopted a boy named Avatar and purchased their
residence on Jumel Terrace in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem.
It served as a magnet for the creative individuals of the period,
including literary figures whose works gained attention during
the late 1960s and the early 1970s such as: Amiri Baraka (Leroi
Jones), Ishmael Reed, Quincy Troupe, Askia Muhammad Toure, Hoyt
Fuller, Stanley Crouch, and Henry Dumas. Neal also served as
the education director of the Black Panther Party and a member
of the Revolutionary Action Movement. Neal died of a heart attack
Founded in 1854, Lincoln University
is a premier, Historically Black University that combines the
best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate
core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs
of those living in a highly technological and global society.
The University is nationally recognized as a major producer
of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical
sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and informational
sciences; biological and life sciences. Lincoln enrolls 2,012
undergraduate and graduate students.