Dr. Sam Wright Honored at United Negro College Fund Luncheon

The United Negro College Fund held it’s 11th Annual Black History Luncheon at the Marriott Westshore in Tampa and it was well attended. The Mayor of St. Petersburg Rick Kriseman gave welcoming words. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was the scheduled keynote speaker but due to flight cancellations, delivered a short message by way of Skype. However, the President of Bethune Cookman University, Dr. Edison Jackson delivered a moving message reminding us we must be diligent in giving back to our HBCU’s and to the UNCF.
Retired Educator, Human Rights Activist and Founder of The Black Heritage Festival, Dr. Samuel Wright, delivered a very heart warming acceptance speech as he was presented the highly esteemed award “Champion of Education.”
A friend to the city of Tampa. Dr. Wright’s commitment to educating one child, one teen, one adult at a time is the driving motivation that has shaped his life and is the reason he is continually honored on many occasions for his contributions to society.
Dr. Wright is the father of two and a graduate of University of Florida. Dr. Wright is an active member of the Tampa Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and works with the fraternities many programs but more specifically the Guide Right Program which helps young men enter college. Dr. Wright retired from the University of South Florida as the Director of Multicultural Affairs and Student Ombudsman where he worked for 27 years assisting thousands of students to enter University life and to complete their degrees.
Dr. Wright presently serves as a consultant at HCC and served on the board of Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan (THAP). Dr. Wright is also known for his strong singing voice and his love for a good game of Bid Whist.
My wife, Tampa Bay Tammy and I were blessed to be guest at the Moffitt Cancer Center table. All attendees received a donation envelope for the UNCF and each table had a gift bag conveniently centered to receive the contributions.
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