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The Cast of ‘A Different World’ Discuss the Show’s Cultural Impact

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Last weekend, EBONY was on the campus of Southwestern Christian College (SWCC) in Terrell, Texas, when the school was announced the grand prize winner of Ford’s Ultimate Homecoming Takeover. The takeover was just one more way Ford continues in its efforts to partner with local communities to go further. Last year it included a nationwide competition in which SWCC won. The campus of 125 students beat out historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the nation and received a $100,000 scholarship donation presented by the stars of the iconic television show A Different World, Jasmine Guy (Whitley), Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne), Cree Summer (Freddie) and Darryl Bell (Ron). Ford’s Ultimate Homecoming Takeover Experience served as an important forum to spotlight Ford’s commitment to higher education, the growth of African-American students and HBCUs.  SWCC came alive as the electric sounds of the golden era of gospel, R&B and soul echoed from the speakers across the campus filled with children, current students and beloved alumni. The homecoming day party kicked off with Ford’s Multicultural Communications Manager Dee Guerrero, along with Different World cast members, presenting the scholarship to SWCC Chairman of the Board Dr. John Dansby. Attendees enjoyed test driving the F-150 XLT and Limited Ford models. In partnership with Drive 4 Ur Community, Ford donated $20 for each test drive or ride to the Tom Joyner Foundation to help support HBCUs. Shortly thereafter, the actors participated in a panel discussion about the importance of HBCUs and the role the show had on an entire generation.

Terrell, TX – NOV 17, 2018: Southwestern Christian College Ford Homecoming Takeover Photo Credit: @JoshuaIzaiah

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