Commissioner John McGowan, Nat King Cole Society; Mrs. Rozelia Harris Nat King Cole Society; Dr. Howard O. Robinson, II, University Archivist, Alabama State University; Wanda Howard Battle, Nat King Society; William R. Ford, Vice President, The Patrons of the National Center.

The 16th Annual Patrons & Donors Reception presented by The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University was held Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the Levi Watkins Learning Center on the campus of Alabama State University (ASU).

The reception recognized and honored the Patrons and Donors of the National Center like "Funky Fred" Wesley, legendary James Brown bandleader, trombonist and one of the architects of funk, who donated his famous black trombone to ASU.

Also recognized were Dr. T. Clifford Bibb for his donation of more than 2000 books with a strong focus on the African and the African-American experience. Woody McCorvey, former ASU quarterback, and who coached championship teams at the University of Alabama and Clemson University was honored. McCorvey donated film of several 1960s and 1970s ASU football games.

Finally Jelani M. Favors was recognized for conducting research at ASU Archives and publishing a book entitled "Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism".

Commissioner John McGowan serves at the president of The Nat King Cole Society.

The Nat King Cole Society is grateful for the work the National Center is doing to preserve the Nat King Cole birth house located on the campus of ASU.

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