Kentucky State University student Anyiah Chambers.

On Saturday, June 25th, I got to experience one of the largest HBCU Affiliated 5Ks of my life! I, and some fellow HBCU National Center residents, attended the DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance HBCUs Run the District 9th Annual 5K Run/Walk. Previously COVID prevented the in-person experience and people ran and sent in photos and videos of their race. I also conducted my first live interview! It was so exciting. I also got to document the event by taking photos. During the last Race, the venue was in a market center parking lot, due to COVID.  Racers were able to stop by and pick up event apparel, get smoothies, and other treats sponsored by an HBCU alumni-owned restaurant called SPIZZY.

This year’s venue was The St. James! The St. James is a Black-owned wellness and fitness center located in Springfield, Virginia. It has a variety of sports facilities located within the center. They even have a spa and restaurant inside. The event’s purpose was to introduce active habits and to promote fellowship within the HBCU community. There were also vendors selling HBCU apparel, vacation packages, and sharing health resources.

I’ve done several volunteer projects with the DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance and each one has provided me with an opportunity to use the skills I’ve developed at Edward Waters University and gave me an amazing networking experience.

I can’t wait for the next HBCUs Run the district!


About J’Von Keene

J’Von is a senior communications honors scholar at Edward Waters University. He is a former HBCU King, representing his institution as the first Mister Edward Waters University and a spring 2022 initiate of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Delta Psi chapter. A native to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, Keene graduated from Fairmont Heights Highschool in Prince George’s County. His favorite quote, “If you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live some other life, you won’t live any life at all.” by James Baldwin.