On Saturday, January 28, 2017, the Mobile Kappa League traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the 15th Annual Honda Battle of The Bands and College Fair. There were over 25 HBCU’s represented at this college fair. The Mobile Kappa Leaguers also made campus visits to Morehouse College, Spelman College and Tuskegee University.
For many of the current Mobile Kappa Leaguers, this was their first time attending The Honda because they had not attended the event in three years. The Mobile Kappa Leaguers departed from Mobile, Alabama, at 4 a.m. Saturday morning headed to Atlanta. Around 8:00 a.m., the Leaguers and advisors made it to Newman, GA., where they ate breakfast and changed clothes into their navy blue blazers, Kappa League striped ties, starched khaki pants, with their khaki socks, brown shoes and belt. The Leaguers proceeded to the Omni CNN Hotel to drop their luggage off in a private room because check-in was not until 1 p.m. Once the luggage was situated at the Omni, the Leaguers and advisors proceeded to the Georgia World Congress Center to attend the The Honda Battle of the Bands HBCU College Fair. The Leaguers immediately caused others to stop in their tracks as 49 well-groomed and well-spoken young men entered The Honda Battle of the College Fair. With their game faces on, the Mobile Kappa Leaguers walked from table to table passing out their transcripts, shaking hands, and collecting business cards of all of the college recruiters in attendance. Several Leaguers were offered scholarships on the spot. As the clock struck 1 p.m., the advisors rounded the Leaguers up and they headed to the CNN Center to eat and mingle with youth from all over the country who had come to The Honda Battle of the Bands. At 1:45 p.m. the Mobile Kappa Leaguers checked into their hotel rooms and changed once again into their battle of the band attire. The Mobile Kappa Leaguers pride themselves in always looking a “A Kut Above,” and so they did in their new baseball style Kappa League jackets with their jeans and long sleeve crisp white shirts with their fresh haircuts.
The Honda Battle of the Bands was great. Immediately at 3 p.m., the event started. It was the Alabama State Honey Bees, the Alcorn State University band sound, and the creativity of North Carolina A & T band, that seemed to catch the audience attention. Overall, it was a great experience.
Following the battle of the bands, the Mobile Kappa Leaguers returned to the Omni Hotel to relax for a few minutes and to charge their phones before they headed to dinner in the downtown Atlanta area. Following dinner, the Leaguers returned to their hotel to relax, and recap about what they had experienced so far on the trip.
While on the college tours the Kappa Leaguers learned about the importance of networking, branding, college prep, and time management. At Morehouse College, several Mobile Kappa Leaguer alums taught the Leaguers about the history of Morehouse and gave their personal testimonies on how Morehouse has impacted their lives thus far. After the Morehouse tour, the Mobile Kappa Leaguers were invited by the ladies of Spelman College to tour their campus. This was a very spontaneous tour which led to the Leaguers having brunch in the cafeteria with the ladies of Spelman College and with several young ladies from Mobile, Alabama, who are currently enrolled at Spelman College.
As the Kappa Leaguers traveled back to Mobile on Sunday afternoon, they made a stop at the historic Tuskegee University, where Kappa League alums and other students from the Mobile, Alabama area gave an impressive tour of Tuskegee. On the tour the Kappa Leaguers learned about Booker T. Washington and his contributions. They also visited his gravesite. The Mobile Kappa Leaguers departed Tuskegee University and arrived back in Mobile at 7:30 p.m. safe and sound.
Kappa Leaguer Paul Lockett stated the following, “The was my first time being exposed to so many colleges and universities at one time. This trip has changed my perspective on the way I will choose an institution of higher education to attend.”
The Mobile Kappa League is sponsored by the Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. You can like The Elite Chapter of the Mobile Kappa League Facebook page as well as follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@MobileKL).
Submitted by: Renado Pettaway, Director of Public Relations for the Mobile Kappa League