ShawU Triumph Project

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Celebrate The HBCU Legacy
with Shaw University!

We would be honored with personal attendance, your alumni and your entire community for an HBCU focused celebration of triumph on Friday, December 1st! Enjoy dinner, HBCU honors, lifetime achievement awards, recognition of HBCU presidents and chancellors, and live performances.
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Celebrate with Us!


Triumph Gala

Celebrate With Us In Person

Friday, December, 1st at 6pm 

– Black Tie Optional –

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree
4500 Marriott Drive-Raleigh NC

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Triumph Events

Sunday, November 26, 2 pm – 6 pm

The public is invited to tour historic Estey Hall. Tour guides who previously lived in Estey Hall will share information on the restoration and history that lives within the walls of Estey Hall. A highlight of the afternoon will be the unveiling of (2) special commissioned visual art pieces of Estey Hall by Washington, DC visual artist, Roger James and NC Folk artist Nellie Ashford, alumnus of Shaw University. FREE

Monday, November 27, 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Estey Hall Auditorium

Get into the holiday spirit at the Estey Hall tree lighting while enjoying an evening of jazz, spoken word, and traditional holiday sing-a-long. FREE

Tuesday, November 28, 6 pm-8 pm

Location: Estey Hall Auditorium

Commissioned artists, Nellie Ashford and Roger James will discuss their work with area artists, students, and collectors from the local arts community and public. FREE

Thursday, November 30, 6 pm -9 pm

Location: NC Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

The inaugural lecture will feature a nationally recognized speaker (TBA) in the auditorium. A pre-lecture reception will be hosted in the Museum Lobby. Invitation Only (250 capacity)

December 1, 10 am-3 pm
(registration opens 9:30 am)

Location: Estey Hall Auditorium

Theme: “Turning Obstacles into Opportunities” Post-pandemic, we have all become more adept at pivoting to face challenges as they have come along. As we look toward the future, our speakers and panelists will share options for becoming changemakers and turning obstacles into opportunities. To register or for more information visit

Friday, December 1, 6 pm- 11 pm

Location: Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612

A black-tie Gala celebration featuring dignitaries, honoring pioneers, special celebrity guests, community members, donors, HBCU Chancellors/Presidents representing North Carolina and across the county, friends and special guests will enjoy a festive celebratory evening with a delicious meal and live performances.

Ticketed event. Sponsorships available.

Sunday, December 3, 10 am

Location: Thomas Boyd Chapel at Shaw University

Guest speaker: To Be Announced. Open to the Public.

Thursday, November 9, 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Estey Hall Auditorium

An evening of music, dance, vocals, and spoken word featuring Shaw University students, faculty, and staff in the historic Estey Hall auditorium celebrating the triumphant spirit of this institution of higher education. FREE

Sponsorship Opportunities

Don’t miss this excellent marketing opportunity to capture the essence or courage and empowerment during this national celebration as Shaw University enters its 158th year and hosts a series of programs and activities to honor history and legacy at The December 1st Triumph Project.

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