‘A Different World’ Cast Members Are Reuniting for a 10-City HBCU Tour

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(L-R): Jasmine Guy, Dawnn Lewis and Kadeem Hardison in a 1988 episode of A Different World. The three will be part of an upcoming cast reunion tour of HBCUs.

A good number of cast members from NBC’s beloved 1987-93 sitcom A Different World will reunite for a 10-city tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), over 35 years since the show’s premiere.

Scheduled to kick off on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at the prestigious Atlanta University Center — home to Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College — the tour will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane with stars Kadeem Hardison, Darryl M. Bell, Emmy winner Jasmine Guy, Cree Summer, Charnele Brown, Dawnn Lewis, Glynn Turman and Sinbad, as well as producers Susan Fales and Debbie Allen.

cast shot from Season 3 of NBC's "A Different World." Featured are Darryl Bell, Lou Myers, Cree Summer, Glynn Turman, Sinbad, Charnele Brown, Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison and Dawnn Lewis

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A Different World Season 3 cast shot, featuring Darryl M. Bell, Lou Myers (who passed away in 2013), Cree Summer, Glynn Turman, Sinbad, Charnele Brown, Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison and Dawnn Lewis


Other locations currently listed on the tour’s official website include Washington, D.C. (hosted by Howard University) and Montgomery, Alabama (hosted by Alabama State University and Tuskegee University), both stops in April (exact dates TBA at this writing).

A full slate of HBCU stops is expected to be announced soon.

logo for "A Different World HBCU College Tour 2024." The title is within a circle, with A Different World larger and in colors ranging from purplish-red of "A Different World" to orange of "World." The "HBCU College Tour 2024" text is in black lettering set against a white banner.

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A Different World (now streaming on Max) followed students at Hillman College, a fictional HBCU in Virginia, and was inspired by student life at historically black colleges and universities. A spinoff of The Cosby Show, the series originally centered on Cosby‘s Denise Huxtable, played by Lisa Bonet, who left after the first season.

The program consistently ranked first or second among Black viewers during most of its run, and is often cited as the defining reason as to why many decided to attend a HBCU, so this tour is a fitting tribute.

The mission of the tour goes beyond nostalgia, though. The organizers and participants explain that they are also looking to raise awareness and enrollment for HBCUs nationwide. By leveraging the star power and cultural impact of A Different World, the tour aims to inspire a new generation to choose HBCUs as their academic homes.

Together with the tour’s presenting sponsors, they are launching a scholarship program so that more students can access the transformative experience of HBCUs.

Picture from a 1988 episode of NBC's "A Different World." From left to right are Dawnn Lewis as Jaleesa Vinson Taylor, Cree Summer as Winifred "Freddie" Brooks and Jasmine Guy as Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne. The three women are wearing yellow tops and black pants, and have their arms raised in the air as they dance at an event.

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(L-R) Dawnn Lewis, Cree Summer and Jasmine Guy in a 1988 episode of A Different World


For more information and updates on the A Different World HBCU Tour, click here to go to the tour’s official website.