By Timothy Alston
The new Mr. and Miss Lincoln thanked their families for helping them achieve success at Sunday’s coronation, kicking off Homecoming Week.
“Mom, you are it,” said Miss Lincoln Monique Barnes, of Baltimore, through tears, a smile and chuckles from the audience. “And I am it, because you are it.”
Mr. Lincoln Dustin Fowler, of Philadelphia, credited his parents who were in the first row of the International Cultural Center theater.
“Thank you, mom and dad, for always being the driving force behind me when I was ready to give up,” Fowler said.
Coronation was a lively and energetic event with its theme of a 1950s diner. That era was brought to life with an array of music, poems and dance routines. The event opened with a picture collage of Barnes, Fowler and the Court of Royalty and Excellence, who were also being honored.
The event began with the parade of the kings and queens from all the active organizations on campus. This gave the entire student body the opportunity to be involved in the celebration. The Royal Court of Excellence was introduced following the organization parade. Greg Wilson and Sharray Grant serve as Mr. and Miss Orange and Blue while Decland Roper and Erin Washington serve as Mr. and Miss Legacy.
After Barnes and Fowler spoke and danced their first dance, the program continued with performances from the Lincoln University choir and band. Freshman Iman Smith recited a poem while fellow freshman Kendall Gilbert free-danced to her.
The event ended with President Robert Jennings speaking about the importance of the role and the importance these two and the entire Court of Royalty and Excellence hold on campus.