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Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson Inviting Public to Attend White House Initiative Meeting at Lawson State Community College

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                   Thursday, April 9, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, AL- Just weeks after a visit from the president of the United States, Lawson State Community College is teaming up with the White House once again for a community event on the status of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. A town hall style meeting will take place Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in the ACATT Ward Technology Building. President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson is teaming up with the Alabama Education Association, the National Education Association, and the Alumni Chapter of Alabama State University to host the event.

“The impact that HBCUs have had on our nation is astounding, and it’s vital that we take the time to sit down and discuss ideas for continuing their legacy,” Councilor Roberson said. “I am looking forward to the ideas that will come from our conversations, and I’m ready to work with all of those involved to move HBCUs forward.”

HBCU representatives from HBCU governance, employee organizations, alumni groups, and a representative from the White House Initiative on HBCUs will highlight some of the stories and issues at some of the nation’s oldest HBCUs and discuss the possibilities for potential partnerships.

According to an article on NewAmerica.Org, “Many suggest that a key to maintaining enrollments and financial solvency will be to embrace racial diversity on HBCU campuses. HBCUs may want to consider becoming centers of access for a more diverse set of students including Latino, American Indian, Asian, white and international students. This will require reflection on how HBCU culture and climate may be affected. HBCU missions may need to be clarified, restated or updated to adequately serve new and additional groups of students.”


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For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369 or