Disney on the Yard brings Drum Major Mickey to NC Central to kick off career expo

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
Disney on the Yard brings Drum Major Mickey to NC Central
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Students at NC Central get an even more special than usual 10:40 break.

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- North Carolina Central University and ABC11 are teamed up on Thursday for a recruitment event.

The private event was only open to NCCU students and staff. Festivities began during the 10:40 break at the Library Bowl just outside of the James E. Shepard Memorial Library.

The 10:40 break is a tradition that developed in the 1970s to give students a time to take a pause and breathe. The idea came out of the long civil rights movement and gave students, who were often active in that movement, a time to relax and reset with their peers.

Drum Major Mickey joined the NCCU Sound Machine for a special invitation-only performance. Other festivities include a recognition ceremony for the school's football team (which won the Celebration Bowl last year), trivia, and a live DJ.

During a special 10:40 break, Drum Major Mickey got down with the NCCU marching band.

The Walt Disney Company and ABC11 held a career expo that included some classroom visits.

Drum Major Mickey and a DJ were part of live entertainment during a block party on campus.

What Is Disney on the Yard?

Disney on the Yard (DOTY) is in charge of the takeover at NCCU. Disney on the Yard is a group within The Walt Disney Company that is dedicated to building a community for HBCU alumni at the company and providing meaningful opportunities for HBCU students to join and thrive within the company.

Disney on the Yard has a successful track record of developing internships, mentorship programs, and career growth opportunities for HBCU students and graduates.

The program was in Winston-Salem earlier this week for a special event featuring ESPN's First Take. First Take host Stephen A. Smith is a graduate of Winston-Salem State.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC11.