2018 Award Recipients


Columbus Lewis, an Oakland native, graduated from McClymonds High School as a four year athlete in track and football, where he was a member of the two-time state champion squad. Columbus will attend Cal State Long Beach; his decision to attend college is based on his desire "to come back and create a positive atmosphere for my family and my community, to become a better role model for my brothers and younger family members, and to build a solid foundation for my career, where I'm able to financially support my family and give jobs to people in my community."

Ezekial Duncan hails from a long line of singers and artists, "so me getting on the stage was inevitable." During his years at at R.J. Reynolds High School, Zeke served as 2017-18 student body president, Tri-M Music Honors Society President, co-director of the "infamous" all male acappella group “The Acafellas”, as well as a participating in the National Honors Society, Black Achievers, and the Drama Club. He has always been interested in "singing, acting, dancing, learning, and meeting new people!" Zeke will major in Music Education at Wingate University and hopes to become a high school chorus teacher, eventually moving on to teach at a college or university.

In 2018, the Archie-Brown Fund made a special award to Antionette Wells in loving memory of our family matriarch, Mrs. Ella Ruth Archie (1922-2017). Antionette is a graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School; she will begin cosmetology school in the fall and with the vision of opening her own salon. Antionette received the Springboard Award in recognition of her outstanding character and service to Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, where Mrs. Archie was a long time member.