Campus kings from Historically Black Colleges and Universities from across the country have gathered this week at Lincoln University in Jefferson City for the seventh annual Mr. HBCU Kings' Leadership Conference and Competition.
Young men from 12 schools will compete for the title of Mr. HBCU at 8 p.m. Saturday in Richardson Fine Arts Center's Robert and Charlene Mitchell Auditorium.
Kings come from Bowie State University, Central State University, Delaware State University, Fort Valley State University, Harris-Stowe University, Howard University, Lemoyne-Owen College, Lincoln University (Pa.), Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Winston-Salem State University.
A three-day conference begins today. Speakers will include Lamann Rucker, best known for his role in the "Why Did I Get Married" movie series. Rucker will address Lincoln University students at 11 a.m. Thursday in Scruggs University Center ballroom.
On Friday, campus kings and queens will complete community service projects at Pioneer Trail Elementary School and the early childhood center in the morning and will be hosted at the Governor's Mansion.