Talladega Commencement Speaker Donates $100,…

Acclaimed entrepreneur William F. Pickard donated $100,000 to the Talladega College in honor of Talladega alumnus and former vice chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Richard A. English. In his commencement address, Dr. Pickard recounted a story of how Dr. English helped him find funding to pay a college fee. “I went to the Flint Urban League on a Saturday morning when they are normally closed and I needed $250 to pay my dorm fee to go away to college at Western Michigan University,” he said. The Urban League had already given away all of their scholarships, so Dr. English raised the $250 at an Alpha Phi Alpha meeting that evening.

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