Black Panther Movie Actor, Stanley Aughtry, Guest Speaker at 46th Norwayne Alumni & Friends Banquet

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GOLDSBORO, N.C. - Aug. 21, 2018 - PRLog -- What is all the excitement about? Norwayne graduates and friends are gearing up for a weekend of favor, fun, and fellowship at the 46th Annual Norwayne Alumni & Friends Homecoming, August 31-September 2, 2018. "Quite a bit of planning, fundraising, and recruitment of volunteers have gone into the activities for this year's homecoming," said Larry Jones, Alumni President. "We are expecting one of the largest turnouts ever as a result of the opportunity to connect with friends, the banquet venue location change, and the notoriety of our keynote speaker.

The keynote speaker for the banquet is Stanley Aughtry, Jr. Mr. Aughtry played the role of "Shombay, Merchant Tribe Warrior" in the blockbuster Marvel film, The Black Panther. Stanley spent his formative years in Goldsboro, North Carolina where he excelled as a scholar-athlete, and musician. Stanley has a personal connection to the Norwayne Alumni as his mother, Brenda Barnes Battle, attended Norwayne. "I'm honored to return home to share my journey as an actorpreneur with my mother's fellow alumni. I hope my story will be an inspiration to the Norwayne Alumni who are like family to me," said Stanley Aughtry Jr.  Both the banquet (6-8:45 p.m.) and the alumni dance (9:30 p.m-1:30 a.m.) will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Maxwell Center, 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, N.C. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. for the banquet. Tickets are required for entry. Banquet tickets are sold out. Ticket price for the dance that follows is $25 and are available at the door. Dance music will be provided by Charles Raiford of C-Rai Productionz. Dress to impress.

The Alumni Weekend activities will began on Friday, August 31, 2018 with an Alumni Meet and Greet Reception followed by a business/Town Hall meeting. The reception is from 6:00 – 7:50 p.m. The business meeting begins promptly at 8:00-10:00 p.m. The reception and business/Town Hall meeting will be held at St. James Church Fellowship Hall, 514 Memorial Church Road, Fremont, N.C. Activities for Saturday, September 1st begin at 6:00 a.m. in Fremont, N.C. The activities include a 5k walk/run, parade, cookout, and 3 on 3 basketball tournament. The weekend activities will conclude on Sunday, September 2, 2018 with an 11:00 a.m.Worship Service, Norwayne Alumni Center, 106 E. Norwayne Alumni Way, Fremont, N.C., Pastor Mary Smith Brown will deliver the message.

Later in the evening, a Gospel Explosion concert will be held at St. James Church, 514 Memorial Church Road, Fremont, N.C. Doors open at 5 p.m. Devotion will start at 5:15 p.m. with the Puppets from Word Faith Center/Community Puppet Ministry. The Gospel program will begin at 6 p.m. with the St James Praise Team, followed by the Hobbs Sisters and close out with the Fleming Sisters.  A reception will be held afterwards in the fellowship hall.

Pre-homecoming events will begin on Saturday, August 25, 2018 with the 3rd Annual Vehicle Showcase and Back to School Drive. Registration will begin at 9 am- 12 noon at the Norwayne Alumni Building, 106 Norwayne Alumni Way, Fremont, N.C. Registration is $15 in advance; $20 day of event or a backpack filled with school supplies, i.e., paper, pencils, markers, notebooks, etc. Contact for the Vehicle Showcase is Tony Moore (919) 607-5873 or Michael Newsome (919) 288-4633. Make all checks payable to Norwayne Alumni & Friends, Inc. (Memo: Auto Showcase).

Pre-homecoming will continue on Thursday, August, 31st at the AMF Berkeley Bowling Lanes, 105 S. Berkeley Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C., 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Contact Ida Fleming at

For additional 46th Annual Norwayne Alumni and Friends Homecoming information, contact Pat Ford at (386) 569-5558.
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