- Despite the challenges of the institutions and the financial challenges of the students, HBCUs are performing above average and do very well in moving students from low income families to the top 20 percent.
- Generally, many universities now have more students drawn from the top 1 percent of the U. S. income distribution than the bottom 40 percent of the U. S. income distribution.
- With a declining number of White students, and a growing share of low income students, HBCUs are an under-resourced asset for growing the US economy; therefore an increased investment in HBCUs would expand their unreached capacity.
Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — The Fifth Annual National HBCU Pre-Law Summit & Law Expo 2018 Sponsored by AccessLex Institute is scheduled to take place on Friday, September 14, 2018 and Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. This vitally important and groundbreaking summit is the only major national outreach event of its kind in the entire country focused on empowering and supporting students and alumni of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) interested in pursuing the rigorous, demanding and obstacle-laden path of going to law school and becoming lawyers.
Students and graduates from HBCUs around the country are invited to come together in Atlanta to take part in two intensive and power-packed days of speeches, workshops, panels, and networking activities. According to the summit’s founder Attorney Evangeline Mitchell, who is also a graduate of an HBCU, this event stands apart because “it is the only one that provides all of the critical information that you would expect, but also openly addresses the unique issues and additional challenges that HBCU graduates choosing to attend PWI law schools face. It provides the type of practical advice and wisdom necessary to help these aspiring law students prepare for and overcome these realities.”
According to recent Law School Admission Council statistics, nearly 50% of African American law school applicants don’t get into any law school that they apply to. This event is determined to be one of those efforts created to help change that. According to Attorney Mitchell, “Attendees will be exposed to game-changing information, resources, and connections that they otherwise may not have access to. What they gain during this summit weekend is invaluable. If acted upon, it can absolutely make the difference between acceptance and rejection into law school – and future success beyond.”
“Our goal is that every attendee leave not just with critical information and resources, but, just as importantly, with a circle of support – peer accountability partners, and law student and lawyer contacts that they can start to build relationships with after the event to support them and help them navigate this challenging road ahead. We will stress and constantly reiterate the importance of being excellent, competitive and strategic applicants, but at the same time, working on building meaningful relationships as an equally important key to success.”
Over 100 lawyers, law students, and law school administrators will participate in the summit in various capacities with the singular and collective purpose of helping to empower and support students and graduates in their quest to becoming lawyers. One of the highlights of the summit is that it provides inspirational keynote sessions featuring several prominent and dynamic speakers. This year’s lineup of keynote speakers includes Joy White, Esq., Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer, Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia), Xavier Donaldson, Esq., Partner, Donaldson & Chilliest LLP (New York, New York), Adria Kimbrough, Esq., Pre-Law Advisor, Center for Law and Public Interest, Dillard University (New Orleans, Louisiana), Reginald McGahee, J.D., Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions, Howard University School of Law (Washington, DC), Mishonda Mosley, Esq., M.Div., D.Min., LL.M., Judge Advocate General’s Corps Officer, United States Navy (Fernandina Beach, Florida), Dr. Aaron N. Taylor, Esq., Executive Director, AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence (Washington, DC), and Marcus Sandifer, Esq., Associate, Alston & Bird LLP (New York, New York). All are graduates of historically Black colleges and universities.
In addition to the opportunity to hear from outstanding keynote speakers, there will be a number of special guest speakers, and Black lawyer and law student organizational leaders. Moreover, there will be an illuminating conversation featuring HBCU law school deans. Confirmed panelists include Danielle Holley-Walker, Esq., Dean and Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law, John C. Brittain, Esq., Acting Dean and Professor of Law, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, LeRoy Pernell, Esq., Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law, and Roederick White, Sr., Esq., Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Southern University Law Center. This special panel will be moderated by Dr. Jamal Watson, the Executive Editor of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
The event will also include the National HBCU Pre-Law Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Presentations. This year’s honorees, who are either graduates of or have made significant contributions to HBCUs, include Alvin O. Chambliss, Esq., Law Professor, Civil Rights Attorney and Education Advocate (Houston, Texas and Jackson, Mississippi), The Honorable Kimberly M. Esmond Adams, Judge, Superior Court of Fulton County, Atlanta Judicial Circuit (Atlanta, Georgia), Ira L. Foster, Esq., Interim Executive Director and General Counsel, Georgia Legal Services Program (Atlanta, Georgia), LeRoy Pernell, Esq., Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law (Orlando, Florida), John K. Pierre, Esq., Chancellor and Vanue B. Lacour Endowed Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), H.T. Smith, Esq., Attorney and Owner, H.T. Smith, P.A. and Director, Trial Advocacy Program, Florida International University College of Law (Miami, Florida and Fort Lauderdale, Florida). Winfield Murray, Esq., the Pre-Law Director and Professor at Morehouse College will be recognized as “Pre-Law Advisor of the Year.”
Moreover, the event will showcase informative panel discussions on critical topics for aspiring lawyers including law school admission, the HBCU law student experience, and early career planning and strategizing. Also planned are workshop sessions focused on the strategic approach to law school admission, financing legal education, writing the law school personal statement and diversity statement, and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test-taking strategies (which will be provided online after the in-person event).
Further, a law school recruitment and resources expo will take place where students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from nearly 90 law schools, law-related non-profit organizations, and employers. Networking breaks and social receptions are scheduled to take place where attendees will have the opportunity to participate in both structured and informal networking activities, and will be assigned to small sections to facilitate networking. The opportunity to take part in a one-on-one consulting session will be offered so that participants can ask any specific and individual law school admissions and preparation questions.
A new added event feature this year is the attorney-led career networking small group discussions on particular practice areas pre-law students might be interested in pursuing including public interest law, intellectual property law, patent law, government law, criminal law, family law, personal injury law, entertainment law, corporate law, among others. Attendees can also choose to participate in based on the practice environment including solo, small firm, large firm, or corporation. Professional headshots, LSAT books and other resources, and food will all be provided at no cost.
The event will end on a high note with the Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony where all pre-law students will recite the “Aspiring Lawyers Success Pledge” and be pinned by licensed attorneys, as well as be encouraged to move forward in their endeavors and to commit to giving back to others coming behind them.
Admission to the entire event is completely free of charge and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis with priority being given to pre-law students. For more information and to register, please visit the summit’s official website at www.hbcuprelawsummit.org
The last college class of Elizabeth City State College in Elizabeth City, North Carolina will celebrate their 50th “Golden Class Reunion” of approximately 150 seniors who graduated in 1968 right before the Historically Black college became a University. The reunion will take place during Homecoming Weekend on October 26-28, 2018.
Elizabeth City, NC (BlackNews.com) — The late October weekend’s events for the “Last College Seniors” of Elizabeth City State College (ECSC), class of 1968, are as follows: ECSU 1968 Senior Class 50th “Golden Class Reunion,” October Homecoming 2018, Meet and Greet Gala 1, Friday, October 26, 2018, 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, Kermit E. White Graduate Center (ECSU Campus). Yes, Friday, 1968 Meet & Greet Gala 2, Happy Hour Before Bedtime, Hampton Inn, 402 Halstead Blvd., Elizabeth City, NC 27909. ECSU Parade (ECSC 1968 Seniors Parade of Classic Cars), Tailgating and college football, ECSU Vikings vs. Virginia Union University, Roebuck Stadium, 1704 Weeksville Road, Elizabeth City, NC 27909, Saturday, October 27, 2018.
Tickets and Parking:
Tickets for all Elizabeth City State University athletic events may be purchased online at www.etix.com, the ECSU Ticket Office (252-335-3578) or the Cashier’s Office (252-335-3207). Tickets to the Vikings games may also be purchased online at www.ecsuvikings.com/tickets/
ECSC 1968 senior class organizers and informational contributors for this special event include the following, which consist of the Elizabeth City State College 1968 Teleconference Committee: Thomas Evans, Jr ’68., Nathaniel Grant, Jr. ’68, Butler L. Sharpe, III ’68, Billy k. Kirkpatrick ’68, Phyllise J. Wilkins Church ‘68, Raymond M. Davis ’68, Charles L. Singleton ’68, William Spencer Bryant, III ’68, ’67, Bernard Bailey ’68, Sandra Bailey ’69, Leroy A. Sutton, Jr. ’68, Freya H. Faulcon Blount ’68, Barbara B. Sutton ’74 and John W. Robinson ’66. The informational contributors are as follows: Dr. John Michael Lee, Jr., Elizabeth City State University’s Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Dr. Jeanette H. Evans ’63, Immediate Past President, ECSU National Alumni Association, Ziner Johnson Alexander ’66, Former Manager: Information Systems, ECSU and Natalie L. Weeks ’90, ECSU Interim Director of Alumni Relations.
The 1968 senior class members truly represent collectively ECSU’s lifetime motto, “To Live Is To Learn.” These 50-year seniors, who worked in a plethora of careers, from accounting to volunteering; for many, represent the first in their generational families to attend and graduate from college. Thus, these graduates and seniors have securely made things better for themselves and many others: For example, just to mention a few. In Education and Religion, Pastor, Dr. Harry J. Ghee ‘68, The University of Virginia; Education, Thomas Evans, Jr ‘68., Western Maryland College: Business Owner, Evans Tree Service, Rockville, MD, Nathaniel Grant, Jr. ‘68, Principal, Southern Connecticut State University, Lula Brown Askew ‘68, an Outstanding Educator and Business Owner: Floral Arrangement, Katie L. Johnson Walker ’68, East Carolina University, Business Educator, Carolyn Y. McCloud, New York City Department of Education: Director of Administration and Payroll, Raymond M. Davis ’68, Business Owner, D’ Wiley’s Services, Inc., worked professionally and entrepreneurially in business and education, especially, for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Dr. James E. Lyons ‘68, Ohio State University, Educational Leadership, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Phyllis J. Wilkins Church ’68, Principal, Nova Southeastern University and Dr. Charles L. Singleton ’68, Nova Southeastern University: Wellness Education, Clinical and Educational Research Consulting, Tax Equalization and Journalism, and in Dentistry, Dr. Leroy A. Sutton, Jr. ’68, University of Iowa and America University.
In addition, these names are legendary in the Elizabeth City State University Sports Hall of Fame: Henry D. Rhoulac ’69, ’68, Windsor, North Carolina, Frederick “Fred” R. Lewis ’68, Brooklyn, New York, Oscar M. Smith ‘68, Washington, North Carolina, Dr. Charles L. Singleton ‘68, Summerville, South Carolina, Celvin “Snell” Webster ’69, ’68, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and Irving Coggins, Jr. ’69, ‘68, Windsor, North Carolina. Annually, since 1979, during ECSU’s Homecoming Weekend, the Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place. The ECSU Sports Hall of Fame will be celebrating 39 years of historical accomplishments and athletic recognition, the evening of October 26, 2018, in the Kermit E. White Graduate Center, located at the Corner of Weeksville Road and Edgewood Drive, on the beautiful campus of ECSU.
Donations and support:
All are invited, ECSU students, alumni, USA and worldwide supporters, individual and corporate contributors, sincerely, to come along and celebrate with them. Tax-deductible donations can be made online at www.ecsu.edu/classof1968 or via USPS Mail. Make checks out and mail to: The Elizabeth City State University Foundation | RE: Class of 1968 50th Reunion | P. O. Box 1467, Elizabeth City, NC 27906
Also, personal non-deductible donations for funding their ECSC 1968, 50th Class Reunion’s publication expenses, special rewards and other essentials can be made via their GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/GeeChee-
Dr. Charles L. Singleton, editor and publisher, Mr. Isreal T. Singleton, editor-in-review: The Family Journal USA, Alston High School Garnet and Blue 1964 Journal and The ECSC. ECSU Senior Class 1968 Alumni Journal, 2018.
Boston, MA — How often have you learned about a historic accomplishment made by a Black person in America and wondered, why am I just now hearing about this? The answer is because it’s by design. As some U.S. corporations and politicians distort American history by either misrepresenting actual events or altogether omitting the contributions of marginalized people from textbooks and public school curriculums, new apparel company Thank You Tees is returning the power to educate to the people.
Thank You Tees was founded by HBCU graduates Stephanie Campbell (Howard University) and Veronica N. Chapman (Spelman College). The t-shirts provide people an opportunity to learn about and express gratitude for the countless contributions of Black Americans. While all Americans benefit from the ingenuity of Black thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, educators, and activists, many of these contributions aren’t celebrated as part of the American tapestry.
While a few modern history makers are included in the Thank You Tees catalogue, the primary mission of Thank You Tees is to bring awareness to hidden figures by building an army of Thank You Tee envoys who want to educate the world about this unsung American history. To achieve this mission, each shirt includes the company’s Thank You logo along with the name of a Black history maker. The bold design prompts people to inquire about the featured person or research the name themselves – mission accomplished.
Stephanie Campbell, CEO of Thank You Tees, explains, “Thank You Tees engages all people, and most importantly Black people, in a collective sharing of Black history in America. There is a great sense of pride and healing that can come from learning about and celebrating our ancestors’ contributions to our nation, especially considering the obstacles they encountered.”
COO of Thank You Tees, Veronica N. Chapman, adds, “As we consider the future of this nation, and what is required for it to truly become great, we have to give credit and praise where it is due. All Americans must commit to listening to each other and learning about all the threads that are sewn into this American fabric. I am grateful to be able to highlight Black contributions to the United States in this creative way, and I encourage anyone whose people are otherized in America to do the same.”
To learn more about Thank You Tees, visit www.thanksaredue.com