Jasmine Guy helps draw a diverse crowd to ECSU on March 9
Kesha Williams March 18, 2013
Organizers of the ECSU Foundation's Founders Day Scholarship Gala VI succeeded in
drawing a diverse crowd to campus on March 9 to greet Actress Jasmine Guy.
Early in the afternoon Guy emphasized the importance of early planning for college
to area youths. She was the guest speaker, for a community event, "A Different World:
Planning Today for Your Tomorrow," that targeted middle and high school students.
The event drew approximately 250 youths to the Robert L. Vaughan Center for a series
of workshops and her presentation.
Although it has been over 20 years since Guy portrayed the unforgettable southern
belle, Whitley Gilbert, on NBC's TV sitcom, "A Different World" she is still widely
recognized for the role. The show's archive editions remain a family favorite that
are still broadcast on several stations. Guy's talent and determination also led her
positions as a professional dancer, director, a writer and an actress on several other
TV shows and movies. Currently, she works as a motivational speaker and a speaker
to bring awareness to child sex trafficking with the "I am Not Yours!" Campaign
Later, she spoke for the audience who attended the sixth, black tie scholarship gala
that is the university's premier fundraiser. ECSU Vice Chancellor for Institutional
Advancement William Smith said he is confident the audience was happy they were on
hand to welcome her to Elizabeth City. She helped attract approximately 350 attendees
to the annual event. Smith said the university remains grateful for those who donated
money to the fundraiser and as well as those who purchased tickets and attended. Financial
support from donors remains critical to the success of students, 122 years after the
institution first opened its doors.