Albert Joyner, Successful McDonald’s Franchisee and Philanthropist, Passes Away in Jackson, Miss.


Al Joyner, left, with his brother, Tom

The staff and board of directors are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our founding board member and my uncle, Albert L. Joyner, Sr.

Al Joyner was a proud graduate of Tuskegee (Institute) University and lifetime supporter of his alma mater.  Additionally, Al’s generosity extended to Alabama A & M University, Alabama State University, Miles College, and Jackson State University.

To say that Al was “integral” in the founding and establishment of the Tom Joyner Foundation is an understatement.  Al assisted us with building our mission, establishing best practices, staffing our organization, and establishing programs at the Tom Joyner Foundation that are still in place today.

The Tom Joyner Foundation is grateful for his passion, his devotion, and his guidance and advise to our board, our scholarship recipients, and to me personally.

Al was a great man who will be missed.  Thank you for everything, Uncle Albert.





Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Omega Service at 9:30a.m.

Anderson United Methodist Church

6205 Hanging Moss Road

Jackson, MS  39206

Funeral Arrangements for Tuskegee, Alabama will be held on

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 1:00p.m.

Omega Service at 12:00 p.m.

Tuskegee University Chapel

1200 West Montgomery Road

Tuskegee, Alabama

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship, by clicking on the button below.

If you wish to send a check, please make your check payable to the “Tom Joyner Foundation” and in the memo field on the check, write “Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship. You may send the check to the following address:  Tom Joyner Foundation c/o Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

The Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship

Here’s a more detailed bio:

Albert Joyner, one of the nation’s most successful owners of McDonald’s franchises and philanthropist, passed away in Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday June 3, 2015. He was 69.

Joyner was a fervent family man and is survived by his wife, Danita, and four children – Michael, Allison, Danielle and Albert Jr.  He is also survived by his brother, Tom, and nephews Thomas Joyner, Jr. and Oscar Joyner.

Albert shared his brother, syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner’s, passion for education and served as an active board member of the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Known for his dry wit and keen business acumen, he bought his first McDonald’s franchise in Mobile, Alabama.  With the success of this first restaurant, he formed My Joy, Inc. and went on to own numerous franchises in Birmingham and Jackson, Mississippi.  Mack Wilbourn, one of the first minority McDonald’s franchises in the Southeast, as well as Joyner’s mentor and friend, has said that one of his greatest accomplishments was mentoring Albert Joyner.

Always with an eye to make something happen – Albert collaborated with his brother to break the regional record for the most cars served in a McDonald’s drive-through in an hour at one of his Jackson Mississippi locations.  At the end of the hour, 419 cars had been served, breaking the previous record of 288 at a Baton Rouge McDonald’s.

Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Albert Joyner attended Tuskegee Institute High School and graduated from the famed Tuskegee University (née Institute), majoring in physical education.

In lieu of flowers, click here to make a donation to the Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship Fund, benefiting students at Tuskegee University, his alma mater.

If you wish to send a check, please make your check payable to the “Tom Joyner Foundation” and in the memo field on the check, write “Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship. You may send the check to the following address:  Tom Joyner Foundation c/o Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

CNN’s Don Lemon, John Berman Playing for Foundation

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CNN’s  Don Lemon and John Berman are playing for the Tom Joyner Foundation as part of the “CNN Quiz Show: Seventies Edition” hosted by Anderson Cooper,

The show airs Monday at 9pm ET/PT.

J, Alisyn Camerota & Bill Weir, and Brooke Baldwin & Richard Quest also are playing for their respective charities.



The 2015 Black Wine Maker’s Dinner

Complete the form below to purchase tickets!

The Black Wine Maker’s Dinner

Sunday, July 12, 2015  3:30-6:30 PM

Villa’s Brazilian Steakhouse

12817 Preston Road, Ste 425 @ LBJ Freeway

$50 per person (in advance) $75 per person (day of event)

JSU DFW Black Wine Maker’s Event

Foundation Partner Schools’ Alumni Host Events Around the Country

Here’s a list of some activities hosted by local Tom Joyner Foundation partner schools that are taking place around the country:

August 8

HBCU Alumni of Mississippi – Texsippian Cookout 2015, 2, 6 PM, Reverchon Park, Dallas

August 14-16

Tuskegee NAA North Central Region 54th Conference:  Empowering & Enhancing Alumni Change, Commitment and Service HILTON LISLE/NAPERVILLE – 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle (IL)

August 15

Xavier U Atlanta Area Alumni, Family Cookout/Membership Drive/Scholarship Awards Program,  August 15, 2015  noon – 4PM, Trammell Park, 4892 Cascade Road (Atlanta, GA), for more information contact 229-886-234

August 22, 2015

Grambling State University National Alumni Association, Collie J. Nicholson (North Dallas) Chapter, Casino Royale Fundraiser, Pappadeaux Restaurant, 3520 Oaklawn (Dallas), $25 Donation.

 September 11-13

Tuskegee NAA Northeastern Regional Conference, Valley Forge Casino, 1160 1stAvenue, King of Prussia (PA), Contact

September 18-20, 2015

Jackson State University – NAA LA Chapter “Tiger Time:  Jacksonian Reunion Weekend” Art Share LA, Alondra Community Regional Park and The Brownstone Bistro, Contact:  Mara Hall  at or 313-737-7752

September 19th

Dallas Ft. Worth Florida A&M University Alumni Association Presents “The 2015 Rattlers Generation Brunch” The inaugural Terrance Hunt Scholarship brunch :  11 am -1 pm Blue Mesa 14866 Montfort Drive Addison, Texas.  For more information or to purchase tickets click Here 

September 26

Xavier NAA Birmingham Chapter 21st Jazz Brunch, Habert Center, 2019 4thAvenue, Birmingham.  Contact info:  Rudy Lewis  @ (205)-527-9240

October 2-3

Jackson State University National Alumni Association  Fall Council Meeting,Jackson, Mississippi

November 4

Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc (JSUNAA) requests 2016, Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala

November 14

Savannah State University – 125th Anniversary Black Time Gala  

 December 19

Alabama A&M NAA Tuscaloosa Chapter Debutante Ball, 7 PM – Midnight, McDonald Hughes Center, contact:

December 26

Jackson State University Alumni Natchez Chapter- First Holiday Gala 

An elaborate evening of exuberant music, expressive dance and enjoyable delicacies. Alumni & Friends Welcomed.

12/26/15 6 PM

Natchez Community Center

215 Franklin St, Natchez, MS 39120



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Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation to Award Scholarships to Grambling State University

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Event to Celebrate $50,000 Scholarship Award Presentation to Grambling State University as part of Quotes for Education

(DALLAS – February 18, 2015) Allstate Insurance Company and the Tom Joyner Foundation will be presenting a check for $50,000 to Grambling State University as part of the annual Allstate Quotes for Education program, designed to help raise money for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Grambling State University, located in Grambling, LA, won the Allstate Quotes for Education fan vote for ‘school pride’ component of the program, and will receive the $50,000 donation from Allstate for student scholarships.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday at the T.H. Harris Auditorium on the campus of Grambling State University. The presentation will feature appearances by Thomas Joyner, Jr., the foundation’s president and CEO, Interim Grambling State University President Dr. Cynthia Warrick, Ph.D., RPh and local Allstate agent Carlos Boston.

For four years, Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation have joined together to engage students, alumni and supporters of HBCUs across the country to raise scholarship funds through the Allstate Quotes for Education program. For every person who received an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent between August 1 and Nov. 30, 2014, and mentioned “Quotes for Education,” Allstate donated $10 -for a total donation of $200,000 – a record amount for the program! These funds will be donated to the Tom Joyner Foundation and earmarked for general scholarship funds to assist students attending HBCUs.

For the third year of the program, HBCU students, alumni, and supporters also had a chance to vote for the HBCU of their choice to receive an additional $50,000 donation for scholarships. This year, as announced above, Grambling State University fans showed the most ‘school pride’ by voting online for their favorite HBCU. Grambling State University supporters employed social media tools, as well as word-of-mouth networking, to successfully engage alumni, students, faculty and staff in the fan vote campaign.

The Quotes for Education program is part of Allstate’s ongoing commitment to create, support and sponsor programs that empower the African American community. Other initiatives include Allstate’s title sponsorship of the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion (for the past 11 years), Allstate’s Give It Up For Good national campaign, launched in 2013, and more.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

About The Tom Joyner Foundation

The Tom Joyner Foundation’s primary mission is helping to keep students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Since 1998, the foundation, chaired by nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, has raised more than $65 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges, has assisted more than 29,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. Throughout the week, the Foundation announces scholarship winners on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner. Each week, separate financial awards are focused on students who are single parents and distinguished male students at each ‘School of the Month’. Learn more about the foundation at


Foundation, Denny’s Announce Winners of Hungry for Education Scholarship

Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Announce Winners of

2015 Hungry for Education Scholarship

 Foundation, Denny’s are partners in the Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, awarding outstanding students with $30,000 in scholarships

 DALLAS (Feb. 10, 2015) – The Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, today announced the 12 winners of the 2015 Hungry for Education Scholarship Program, a partnership between the two organizations that supports students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Students from HBCUs around the country submitted 250 to 500 word essays describing their most memorable community service or activity to combat hunger. The winners’ schools and hometowns are:

Kiana Cole, junior, Howard University, from Pine Bluff, Ark.

Ashley Griggs, junior, Delaware State University, from Wilmington, Del.

Jarrett Harper, junior, Fisk University, from Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.

Trevor Holmes, freshman, Clark Atlanta University, from Nashville, Tenn.

Teylor Isome, freshman, Dillard University, from Cincinnati, Ohio

Paige Matthews, freshman, Bennett College, from Powder Spring, Ga.

Tiffany Provost-Holloway, senior, Fayetteville State University, from Concord, N.C.

Jimmitriv Roberson, freshman, Grambling State University, from Arcadia, La.

Alexander Smith,sophomore, Langston University, from Luther, Okla.

Kadijah Templeton, junior, Wiley College, from Longview, Texas

Vester Waters, junior, Mississippi Valley State University, from Detroit, Mich.

Shanay Wise, sophomore, Paul Quinn College, from Dallas, Texas

“I’m very impressed with each of these students’ proposals,” said Thomas Joyner Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Foundation. “They’ve shown that you can do really well in your classes – and find ways to give back to the community.”

April Kelly-Drummond, Denny’s director of corporate diversity and community affairs, said Denny’s remains committed to helping students succeed.

 “We’re excited to see these students sharing their ideas on how to make a difference in their communities and in other people’s lives,” she said. “At Denny’s, we are proud to be able to provide resources to help these students succeed. As winners of this year’s Hungry for Education Scholarship program, these students demonstrated their commitment to their communities and to ending childhood hunger. Thanks to the Tom Joyner Foundation, our partner of more than a decade, who has worked with us to provide scholarships to these outstanding students all of who are helping us put an end to childhood hunger.”

Each scholarship recipient shared their stories about how they have tried to make a difference. For example, Kiana Cole at Howard created the PAPERBAG20 service project where she and other students prepare bag lunches that they hand out to homeless individuals. Shanay Wise of Paul Quinn College in Dallas led a team of volunteers to make a homemade, healthy Thanksgiving dinner for a local underserved families and she helped manage a community garden to ensure the community had access to fresh vegetables. Tiffany Provost-Holloway at Fayetteville State collected gift cards for the homeless and Alexander Smith at Langston cooks and serves food for his community several times a week.

About the Tom Joyner Foundation:

The Tom Joyner Foundation ( was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 16-year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs.

Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Denny’s Corp.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guam, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube.



Tom Joyner Foundation Names 2015 Schools/Partnerships

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Updated: 3/17/2015 12:31 PM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

The Tom Joyner Foundation, a major driving force in raising money for historically black colleges since 1998, today announced the 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that it will raise money for in 2015.

The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality, unveiled the names of the 2015  schools as part of its on-going effort to assist these institutions in broadening and strengthening their efforts to raise money to help keep students attending HBCUs.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month.  The show, aired in more than 100 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

Here’s a list of the schools/partnerships:

JANUARY- National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

FEBRUARY- Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

MARCH – Winston-Salem State University Foundation, Winston-Salem, N.C.

APRIL – South Carolina State University Foundation, Orangeburg S. C.

MAY- University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.

JUNE- Xavier University, New Orleans, LA

AUGUST- Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL

SEPTEMBER-Prairie View A&M Foundation, Prairie View, Texas

OCTOBER- Tennessee State University Foundation, Nashville, TN

NOVEMBER- Alabama A&M University Foundation, Huntsville, AL

If you’d like to donate to any of these schools, click here to go to the Foundation’s Donation page. On donation page, under “Add Special Instructions for the Recipient”, enter the college/university of choice.


Support the Foundation and Party with George Clinton

DallasMavs HBCU Night


Join supporters of the Tom Joyner Foundation to support a great cause and cheer on the Dallas Mavericks as they tip-off against the Portland Trailblazers.

Half-time entertainment will Parliament Funkadelic George Clinton.  You’ll need your ticket stub to participate in the post-game party with DJ Steve Nice.

For ticketing or to place orders, contact Gail 0’Bannon, 214-658-7123 or email her at  You must purchase tickets by Friday, January 15, 2015.

You can not purchase tickets for this promotion via the American Airlines Center Box Office or Ticketmaster. 

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the UNCF, DMCBAA and the Tom Joyner Foundation.


The Tom Joyner Foundation thanks its supporters for #GivingTuesday

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On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, participants from around the word participated in #GivingTuesday. Charities, businesses, community centers, families, and students, came together for the common purpose to give thanks. A preliminary estimate of donations tallied from various platforms showed that $45.7 million was given this year.

2014 marked the second year for the Tom Joyner Foundation to partner with the initiative. Due to the efforts of supporters, $758.10 was raised to continue the Foundation’s efforts of keeping Scholars in School. Even though #GivingTuesday has passed, you can still join in the giving season by showing your support here: 100% of your donation will go to the HBCU* of your choice.

*make sure to specify your HBCU designation

About Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday was founded as a global day dedicated to giving back with one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give. Founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, along with a team of influencers and founding partners, over 10,000 organizations worldwide have become engaged in the global movement.

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Omega Psi Phi Celebrates Anniversary

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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college, is celebrating its 103rd anniversary.

The fraternity was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by three Howard University undergraduates, — Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, Frank Coleman and Dr. Ernest Everett Just.

Tom Joyner is a member of Omega Psi Phi where he joined while he was a student at Tuskegee University.
To continue to support the Tom Joyner Foundation and its efforts to support HBCU’s.
Donate $19.11 to your HBCU or the HBCU of your choice in honor of the Omega Psi Phi founders day.
Notable  Omegas
  • Langston Hughes – The Black poet laureate, excelled as a poet, playwright, novelist, lyricist, and humorist
  • Sterling Brown- Teacher, poet, writer, Professor Emeritus of Literature at Howard University, has a special foundation for folk culture and jazz music
  • Roland Hayes- Internationally known tenor of the 1920’s; sang in five different languages
  • Max Roach – Internationally known drummer
  • William H. “Bill” Cosby – Comedian, author, and actor
  • William (Count) Basie- Internationally known pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader
  • Joe Torry – Comedian, author, actor, and producer
  • Steve Harvey – Comedian and actor
  • Rickey Smiley – Comedian and actor
  • Tom Joyner – Radio show host