Castalia Baptist Church leading Fifteenth Annual College Tour


Castalia Baptist Church is accepting applications for its fifteenth annual college tour. Under trustee Meka Egwuekwe, the church will lead more than 40 high school students on a tour of eight historically black college campuses in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas as part of its annual rotating schedule of tours.

This year’s tour coincides with the beginning of Shelby County Schools’ spring break and is open to all students from grades 9 to 12, regardless of religious affiliation or school district. Starting March 16 and continuing through March 19, students will visit the following colleges and universities:

• Jackson State University – Jackson, MS
• Tougaloo College – Jackson, MS
• Dillard University – New Orleans
• Xavier University – New Orleans
• Prairie View A&M University – Houston
• Texas Southern University – Houston
• Wiley College – Marshall, Texas
• Grambling State University — Grambling, La.

The cost of this year’s college tour is $130 for members of Castalia, and $335 for non-members. The deadline for applications and the required $35 deposit is February 26, with all final payments due at orientation on March 9 at 6 p.m.

Students can find the application on the Castalia Baptist Church website at For more information: Contact Meka Egwuekwe at 901-484-4203; email [email protected].

(Castalia Baptist Church is located at 2180 Airways Blvd. The pastor is the Rev. Dr. Randolph Meade Walker. For more information, visit,