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Councilor Sheila Tyson Presents the 2016 State of Black Colleges and Historical Universities Summit

PRESS RELEASE                                                                     Thursday, February 18, 2016

Contact: Chiara E. Perry

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- When a community embraces influencing the younger generation on the importance of attending college, great potential along with a myriad of socioeconomic benefits can be realized. Today, Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson along with the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation will encourage students to begin thinking about their future beyond high school during the 2016 State of Black Colleges and Historical Universities Summit. The summit will begin at noon in the A.H. Parker High School auditorium. Councilor Tyson said she hopes that today’s summit will enlighten students about some of the opportunities that exist within the historically black colleges and universities located right here in Alabama.

“We have so much talent at the HBCUs in our state, and it’s important that our students are able to connect with those institutions to see how they can further cultivate their careers,” Councilor Tyson said. “It is also my hope that as we connect our students with those schools, that we are also doing our part as elected leaders to ensure that proper funding is in place for each of our schools that will allow them to provide our students with the best education possible.”

A study by the Postsecondary National Policy Institute shows that HBCUs produce a disproportionate number of African-Americans with science and technology-related degrees. HBCU students also cite a more supportive learning environment than their peers at predominately white institutions. These institutions are economic anchors as well within their communities – leading to hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact and tens of thousands of job, according to a study by the Institute for Minority Economic Development.

In knowing this, Councilor Tyson is aggressively seeking solutions and nevertheless promoting college attendance with the help of Pastor Kenneth Glascow, Founder and President of The Ordinary People Society. Glascow will serve as the keynote speaker for today’s summit along with a panel that will include United States Congresswoman Terri Sewell along with other elected officials. Special guests will also include actress Karlie Redd of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta who is a philanthropist and avid supporter in her own right. Representatives from the National Action Network (NAN) have also committed to lead discussions and hold dialogue with each of the scheduled attendees as they encourage student enrollment and iron out probable solutions to state education cuts.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL COALITION ON BLACK CIVIC PARTICIPATION:

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation is a 501©3, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black and underserved communities. The National Coalition strives to create an enlightened community by engaging people in all aspects of public life through service/volunteerism, advocacy, leadership development and voting.

For more information please contact the Office of Councilor Sheila Tyson at 205.254.2359.

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Perry at 205.254.2055 or chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov.