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Black college alumni lecture series to visit ASU

ALBANY, Ga. -- A popular lecture series will make a swing through here for a discussion at Albany State University next month.

The 2012 Legacy Lectures Spring Tour, sponsored by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation Inc., begins April 2 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom located on the ASU campus.

A panel of six speakers recognized in business, entertainment and law will gather to speak on the topic "Strengthening HBCUs to Meet the Needs of the Future."

Panelists for the series include:

  • Attorney Albert Dotson Jr., the chairman of 100 Black Men of America Inc.
  • Actor Emmanuel Lewis (star of the series "Webster")
  • William Pickard, CEO of Global Automotive Alliance
  • Ashleigh Taylor, Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Judge Glenda Hatchett of the "Judge Hatchett" television show
  • Jeff Johnson, a BET commentator and CNN correspondent.

The presentations are designed to position students for leadership roles through education and mentoring.

The lectures will focus on the development of character and leadership skills that empower and prepare young adults to compete in the global marketplace.

The tour is scheduled to visit nine colleges and universities from March 13 through April 19 and is open to the public.

Comments

Cartman 2 years, 5 months ago

Serious question. It is not meant to provoke tempers. But if MLK's dream was for skin color not to be a factor of a person's measurement; how is preserving HBCUs - not perpetuating racism? Shouldn't all public colleges at this point in time, be race neutral? If not, when? What is the plan for transitioning? As far as I know, there is no equivalent for any other ethnic group. What about graduates from HBCUs who would have done well at a regular public college? Are they viewed as substandard because they graduated from a school of low academic rank? I'm not pointing fingers at cause or casting disparagement, but academic rankings are obvious for anyone who researches them. If so, does this make the more promising minority candidates attend non-HBCUs and leaving HBCUs with the less promising applicants? If so, this would perpetuate HBCUs being at the bottom of the totem pole. A continuous cycle. Would a college benefit by losing its HBCU status? Just asking.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 5 months ago

I was thinking of starting the "Caucasian College Alumni" speaker's circuit. But you made me change my mind, Cartman. It wouldn't be right.....it would fly in the face of Dr. King's Dream for America.

I remember Dr. Freeman's quote in the Sunday "On The Job" series....Greatest Regret? "Not attending a HCBCU". What a crock.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 5 months ago

Good thought, HBCU's are just Historic, thier doors are open to everyone. ASU 1913 was financed by whites, they help build a school for blacks to attend. There were no high schools for blacks in Albany in 1913.

We love Dr. King, however, there were greats before him, and there will be greats after him.

History is history, live, learn, and keep learning.

Now, can you be my friend, can you worry about that?

Bubbavet_rureel

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MRKIA 2 years, 5 months ago

HBCU: A LABEL COINED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, NOW A COTTAGE INDUSTRY. YES HBCU'S ARE HISTORIC ALRIGHT, HISTORICALLY CONSIDERED 2ND CLASS BUT GOOD ENOUGH FOR BLACK FOLK. IT'S AKIN TO CALLING A BLACK MAN A NEGRO THESE DAYS. THE SCHOOLS SHOULD NOT NEED "HBCU" AS PART OF THEIR IDENTITY ANY MORE THAN HARVARD WOULD NEED "HWCU" AS PART OF THEIRS.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 5 months ago

That's your opinion, however, we would like to keep the history, and HBCU's does just that. They teach courses that cover where black people came from along with where others are from.

HBCU's are inherited, they are here to the end. I will end with that, now would you like to be my friend? can you do that?

bubbavet_rureel

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 5 months ago

Historical Overview

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed Executive Order 12232, which established a federal program "... to overcome the effects of discriminatory treatment and to strengthen and expand the capacity of historically black colleges and universities to provide quality education."

In 1981, President Reagan, under Executive Order 12320, established the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which expanded the previous program and set into motion a government wide effort to strengthen our nation's HBCUs. In 1989, President George Bush signed Executive Order 12677. This executive order established a Presidential Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities to advise the president and the secretary of education on methods, programs, and strategies to strengthen these valued institutions.

In 1993, President William Jefferson Clinton signed Executive Order 12876. This executive order required for a senior level executive in each agency have oversight in implementing the order, and that the Office of Management and Budget be involved in monitoring implementation of the order.

On Feb. 12, 2002, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13256. This executive order transferred the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the Office of the Secretary within the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, the White House Initiative was housed in the Department's Office of Postsecondary Education.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 5 months ago

The Executive Director of the Initiative shall also serve as the Executive Director of the Board. The Department shall provide funding and administrative support for the Board to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations. Members of the Board shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law. Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), may apply to the Board, any functions of the President under that Act, except for those of reporting to the Congress, shall be performed by the Secretary, in accordance with guidelines issued by the Administrator of General Services.

"U.S. Education"

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 5 months ago

All I know is that the fur would fly if a headline said "White college alumni lecture series to visit __". We have Ms. Black America, the NAACP (I thought they didn't like to be called colored?), Black Entertainment Television (BET), etc.

It sure seems like African Americans want to continually segregate themselves, rather than merging as one with the rest of us. I don't think the "dream" would've called for that.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 5 months ago

I respect your wishes, please respect their historic wishes. I think your'e making reference to something you dont understand, think of the confederates, which blacks were apart of, they would like to preserve their historic contributions, blacks do not deserve what your'e serving.

Now can we be friends, can you wish that?

I can change your opinion when your mind is closed, open your mind and let diversity in, this will help you understand and keep up with intelligent life.

Bubbavet_rureel

Keep it coming, I have about 8hrs to play on the computer!!!!

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 5 months ago

Bubbavet.....you are sensational!!

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