AT&T Dream in Black Opens Enrollment for Rising Future Makers From HBCUs

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AT&T Dream in Black is gearing up for the second class of Rising Future Makers, a program designed to uplift and celebrate an esteemed class of 25 students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who are making a difference in their communities and campus.

Currently enrolled HBCU students, ages 18-25, can apply for this honor now through October 31 at 11:59 a.m. EST, by uploading a short video on to share how they’re pursuing their dreams and making an impact.

To build on the celebration of and for HBCU students, AT&T Dream in Black has joined with Black-owned media and entertainment company, Aux Cord Wars Live, to bring live experiences to five HBCU campuses throughout October that will include a Power and Influence panel centered around the entrepreneurial journey while attending an HBCU. The panel will feature HBCU Buzz Founder, Luke Lawal and HBCU Pride Nation CEO and Founder, Travis Jackson.

AT&T is also bringing back One Solution’s “AT&T Dream in Black Rising Future Makers” three-part series to be hosted by notable HBCU alumnae and entertainment industry celebrities. The series premiere will run September 26 through October 31 on TV One and iOne Digital’s Madame Noire and GlobalGrind. The series will be produced for the second year by Relevé Entertainment, a leading Black female-owned production company.

Gia Peppers — an award-winning on-air talent, entertainment journalist, content creator and podcaster — will also join the Dream in Black Rising Future Makers program as this year’s celebrity advocate.

Known for celebrating both the culture and the creators who shape it, AT&T Dream in Black Rising Future Makers reflects our continued commitment to empower diverse communities through uplifting programs, resources and storytelling. As a longtime supporter of HBCUs, this program provides us with another opportunity to give back to the Black community, inspire future leaders and dedicate resources toward initiatives that foster economic growth and innovation. AT&T Dream in Black Rising Future Makers is also directly tied to our efforts in creating more connected communities and helping bridge the digital divide, which disproportionately impacts communities of color.

Through the program, honorees are awarded $5Gs ($5,000) presented by AT&T 5G and a 5G-enabled mobile phone with one year of AT&T service. They are also granted access to connections to Dream in Black partners and celebrity advocates, professional networks and opportunities to support their dreams and ambitions.

“AT&T Dream in Black Rising Future Makers will once again amplify HBCUs and shine a light on students who are making positive contributions to our society,” said Michelle Jordan, chief diversity officer, AT&T. “I’m inspired by how these students authentically show up and represent their campus and their community, and we are proud to support their drive to lead through adversity and be the example for future generations.”