West Chester University

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration



The Society, formerly known as The Frederick Douglass Society, is a diverse group of predominantly Black and Brown faculty, staff, students, and administrators of West Chester University, who seek to elevate the social consciousness of the campus, and community at large. The organization facilitates the work and service needed to promote a re-imagined society that encompasses social justice, genuine equity, real reform, the arts, and holistic education.

Rising from the bonds of slavery, Frederick Douglass became an abolitionist, social justice educator, and civil rights leader. In the spirit of his life’s work, The Society is committed to inclusive excellence by promoting empowerment through education, social justice through civic engagement, and the advancement of human rights through thoughtful public dialogue. Society members provide leadership, support, and guidance to the West Chester University community regarding multicultural education and equality.

The Society aims to stimulate other groups on campus to enrich the campus climate. The organization annually raises money for scholarship funds to increase the economic options available to the student body, specifically to persons of color, along with those from a variety of ethnic groups. The Society seeks to promote an intellectual standard that is not only grounded in excellence, but also profoundly rooted in the public mission of higher education.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
The Society along with the WCU campus community celebrate the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. annually via a brunch celebration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event will be offered virtually to the WCU campus community.

Frederick Douglass Legacy Scholarship
The Frederick Douglass Legacy Scholarship, sponsored by The Society, is awarded to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students at West Chester University in amounts up to $1000 per request. The organization established the student scholarship fund to support student success by enabling students to enhance their education through high impact educational activities.
The purpose of the fund is to provide support in the following areas:   
• To purchase textbooks  
• To attend a professional conference (particularly if the student will be a presenter)  
• To complete an internship or other academic or professional training experience  
• To conduct or advance a research project  
• To engage in service learning  
• To participate in study abroad or other educational travel 
• To provide supplemental assistance with educational expenses 

Drum Major for Justice
Each year a WCU alumnus is awarded the Drum Major for Justice Award. This prestigious award is given to an individual who follows in the footsteps of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by dedicating their lives to the work of gaining justice for others. The award will be given at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 28th Annual Celebration on January 29, 2021.

Previous Drum Major for Justice Recipients

2021 Courtland Bragg
           Deidre Gray

2020 Ms. Laurena Tolson

2019 Dr. Darren Lipscomb

2018 Ms. Debonair Oates-Primus         
            Dr. Dan K. Williams - PA State Representative 74th District
2017 Mr. Suni and Mr. Shariff Blackwell
            Mr. James Lindsay
2016 Ms. Kia Butler
            Col. James Williams
2015 Mr. Otis Bullock
            Ms. Pamela Long
2014 Mr. Gregory Shannon     
            Mrs. Ellen D.W. Walton-Flamer
2013 Dr. Daryl Howard
            Ms. Diane Horsey
2012 Dr. Broadus Davis
           Ms. Gwen McKinney
2011 Dr. Ronn Jenkins
2010 Mr. David Lindenmuth
           Dr. Kendrick Mickens
           Mr. Leonard Miller
2009 Dr. George E. Allen
           Dr. Eileen “Eli” DeHope
           Mr. Bill Jolly
           Mr. Stephen R. McKiernan
2008 Dr. Leon Bass
           Dr. Timothy J. Brown
           Mr. Scott W. Reid
2007 Mr. Robert Coleman
            Mr. David Flamer
            Mrs. Geneva Henderson Bost
            Mrs. Joan Ricks Nelson
2007 Dr. H. Viscount “Berky” Nelson
          Mr. Dwayne Wharton
2006 Mrs. Marcia Thomas Bayne
           Ms. Beverly Lindsey
           Ms. Aubria Nance
           Ms. Cynthia Threatt
2005 Mr. Omar Barlow
           Mr. John A. Dawkins, III
           Dr. Michelle L. Dozier
           Ms. Shanese Johnson


40% Funded
East High

Bees and Butterflies! (East High Pollinator Garden)

Our Horticultural Club would like to give back to the community and enrich their learning with a truly hands-on learning experience, planting a pollinator garden. A pollinator garden will assist critical pollinators in the community to thrive; students will learn more about plants, soil and the interdependent web of life. What an awesome experience! We are almost half way to our fundraising goal but to put us past the finish line we are requesting $250.00 for garden plants and landscaping materials plus cost reimbursement.

68% Funded
Kenderton Elementary School

Math Technology Needed

Our goal is to increase our math scores. In order to reach this obtainable goal we need to increase technology to a 1:1 student calculator ratio. By funding this campaign it will allow for every student to have a Texas Instrument Grade appropriate calculator.

2% Funded