HBCU Philanthropist and Educator Harold V. Lucas, Jr. Named Grand Marshal of Bethune-Cookman University's 2019 Homecoming Parade in Daytona Beach, FL
"My B-CU legacy is that I helped as much as I could through the years. I have a philosophy that I'm going to do for Bethune-Cookman because I see its value ... Everybody can't give money, but you can give time, energy, service and effort," said Harold V. Lucas, Jr. "How could I not be thankful for all the opportunities that Bethune Cookman-University has provided me? Many hands make light work and we all should be dedicated to our alma mater. If there's something we can do, we ought to do it. There's nothing like Bethune-Cookman University. I will always be devoted," he added.
Lucas is this year's 2019 Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. located on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in Daytona Beach. Harold V. Lucas, Jr. has a 75-year history with Bethune-Cookman University, beginning as a child. His father, Harold V. Lucas, Sr. worked closely with institution founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.
Lucas graduated from Bethune-Cookman in 1953, and later earned a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2005, he received the prestigious HBCU Philanthropist Award from the Kresge Foundation and the Coca-Cola Company, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the National Association of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.
Lucas has contributed his time, talent and resources to numerous organizations, including Bethune Cookman University, United Way, Serenity House and the Children's Advocacy Center, among many others.
The educator and philanthropist initiated a charitable trust on behalf of the University.