Darrian Parker, Junior at Alabama A&M University Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

[Dallas,TX – November 25th]

Student : Darrian Parker


GPA: 3.51

Major/Classification : Business Management / Junior

Darrian Parker is a junior majoring in business management and minoring in hospitality management at Alabama A&M University.  A native of Mobile, Alabama, where he was Salutatorian at Vigor High School, Darrian has a 3.51 GPA at AAMU and is actively involved in numerous campus activities, including the Honors Program, the University Echoes Student Ambassadors, the Collegiate 100, Men of DistinC and Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity.

DarrianParker (1) (1)Upon the completion of his studies, Darrian will pursue a challenging position with a leading company or pursue graduate school with particular focus on entering the prestigious hospitality management master’s degree program at Cornell University, which he learned about while on a summer internship at Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.  He has also participated in the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute.  Darrian Parker … Hercules Scholar.

Influential Person(s):   Dr. Andrea Hawkins, Ms. Monica Finch and Mrs. Carla Draper Holloway

Service is Sovereignty. Alabama A&M University – Huntsville-Madison County Alumni Chapter Donates $2,500 To Campaign


The Huntsville-Madison County Chapter of the Alabama A&M University Alumni Association, Incorporated, proudly made a donation of $2,500 in support of the University’s November school of the month campaign.

Clarene Teague-Johnson, chapter president and 4-time graduate of Alabama A&M, praised the efforts of the chapter, the University, and gave a call to action for all alumni chapters to make a donation.

“A big thank you Mr. Tom Joyner for all that you do for our HBCUs.” – President Teague-Johnson.

The chapter’s donation was recognized today on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Listen below.


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Author Of Book “Un-American Acts”, Unravels Social Filters In Short Blog Post

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Book can be purchased from Amazon

Proceeds from the sales of “Un- American Acts.” will benefit The Tom Joyner Foundation’s Teacher Quality Initiative Program


          Filters are mechanisms utilized to block certain objects, substances or ideologies while allowing others to get through. 

For example there are coffee, air, oil, cigarette, water, and soil filters that are designed to separate what is considered to be the bad from the good.

Other filters have been designed to work in similar ways. Decisions determining who could vote during the early, and now more recent, history of our country; who would live free or as slave; why we can pay women and people of color less for the same work; and who has access to a quality education are all filters currently in use at varying degrees in our society today.

One’s social economic status has a great impact on access to, among other things, a quality education, excellent health care, and a clear pathway when determining personal life choices.  The use of filtering has created a deficit model approach when developing an understanding about those considered different, especially those classified as Black.

It provides justification, for them, for the mistreatment of Black and Brown folk while providing privileges for them.  This process has unfortunately been institutionalized in our society and continues to create barriers, real and perceptual, for those of us seeking a better future.

Therefore it is suggested here that our Historical Black Colleges and Universities take the lead and work harder to prepare our students for the social, political, economic, and educational realities of this nation and prepare them to become leaders equipped to create a better way forward.

Un-American Acts does just that.  Readers will gain a much better understanding of the challenges we face and find ways to begin the work towards a better way forward.  I encourage all HBCUs, and others, to guide their students through the reading and use this book as we empower our next generations to win against acts of discrimination.

-Dr. Cornell Thomas

Your 2015 SWAC Volleyball Champions… Jackson State Defeats Defending Champion Alabama State

Updated: 5:28 pm CST

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Jackson State won the 2015 SWAC Volleyball Tournament Championship with a 3-1 (25-14, 17-25, 25-23, 25-13) win over defending champion Alabama State at the Clifford Seymour Gymnasium Sunday.

It is the third title in five years for the Tigers (15-21), and the first since 2012.

In a battle of the top two seeds in the SWAC Eastern Division, it was the top-seeded Tigers that roared out of the gate with a 13-3 start to the match. Alabama State (21-15) never mounted a consistent offensive response – the Hornets committed nine errors as opposed to seven kills in the period – as the Tigers cruised to an opening-set triumph.

The roles switched in set two, as the Hornets opened things up on a 9-3 scoring run.  Despite spurts of offense from Jackson State, 11 errors in the set derailed any attempt at a sustained comeback, and the quick start was enough to fuel Alabama State through the frame. Read entire article here.

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Allen University To Host 2015 Presidential Justice Forum

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BET News correspondent Jeff Johnson to Host the 2015 Presidential Justice Forum with Top 2016 Presidential Candidates


WASHINGTON, DC– The 20/20 Leaders of America (20/20 Club) will partner with BET Networks on the 2015 Presidential Justice Forum on November 21, 2015 at Allen University in Columbia, SC.  BET News correspondent Jeff Johnson will host the forum at which top 2016 presidential hopefuls will articulate their plans and respond to questions about issues of justice that continue to punctuate headlines around the nation. Dr. Ben Carson, Martin O’Malley, and Senator Bernie Sanders will engage the audience beginning at 1:00PM ET.  The event will be streamed LIVE on http://www.BET.com.


Led by co-chairs former Hall County Georgia Commissioner Ashley D. Bell (R), and Columbia, South Carolina City Councilman Brian Newman, the 20/20 Club is a diverse and bi-partisan collective of elected officials, law enforcement, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, professionals, and community leaders from across the country united to elevate issues disproportionately affecting communities above partisan politics.


In 2015, the 20/20 club has hosted intimate “Listening Sessions” designed to engage top presidential candidates from both parties on preeminent and timely issues facing the black community; beginning with criminal justice reform, community policing, and the dispensation of justice in light of civil unrest across America.


The 2015 Presidential Justice Forum is the culmination of the first series of listening sessions with top 2016 hopefuls, the Republican National Committee (RNC), and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).


“This has never happened before. Gathering leading candidates during a presidential election cycle to discuss issues of justice that disproportionately affect communities of color. This unique event has to be shared with communities around the nation. An icon of black news and entertainment like BET Networks is uniquely positioned to share this step in the policy making process and ensure those most affected by issues of justice have a front row seat.  – Ashley D. Bell (R), Former Hall County Georgia Commissioner and 20/20 Club Co-Chair.


All of the leading Presidential campaigns have been invited to the November 21st town-hall style forum hosted at Allen University, a historically black college.  The forum will also provide the first of its kind “Drum Poll” a straw poll of the attendees who place a priority on criminal justice reform and community policing. The Drum poll will feature the names of all major candidates running for President.


“BET Networks bringing a respected voice like Jeff Johnson to host the 2015 Presidential Justice Forum solidifies this one-of-a-kind forum as a premiere event during the 2016 election cycle.  Millions of viewers, many of them personally impacted by issues of justice in America, will now have a trusted voice to guide the conversation and take their questions. Our goal is simple, fundamental change. This is an incredible next step.  – Brian Newman (D), City Councilman, Columbia South Carolina and 20/20 Leaders Club Co-Chair.


At the Forum, each candidate will have the opportunity to engage directly with local elected officials, law enforcement, and leaders from across the country that are meeting these challenges every day with resilience and success.


“BET Networks continues to make a concerted effort to mobilize the significant voting bloc of unregistered African-Americans and encourage them to sign up and get to the polls,” said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BET Networks. “Joining forces with the 20/20 Leaders of America, a dominant voice in the conversation around issues of justice, provides our audience with a platform for comprehensive dialogue on the topics that matter most in the community.”


The Forum will be co-hosted by the 20/20 Club and Facebook, along with the National Black Police Association, National League of Cities Black Caucus, Insight America, and IMPACT.


20/20 Leaders of America (@The2020Club)– a bi-partisan collective of local elected officials, law enforcement, professionals, and community leaders from across the country – is leading the conversation on justice issues with 2016 Presidential Candidates. United for positive change, the 20/20 Leaders of America have been engaging the 2016 Presidential Candidates through intimate Presidential Listening Sessions preeminent and timely issues such as criminal justice reform, community policing, and the dispensation of justice are addressed with the goal of each presidential candidate developing a plan of action that will result in measurable positive outcomes by what would be the end of his or her first term as President in 2020.

BET NETWORKS will live stream the Justice Forum on www.bet.com NOVEMBER 21 AT 1 PM ET

Visit http://www.2020club.org/ for additional information about the 20/20 Club and the 2015 Presidential Justice Forum.


A Salute To Ronald E. Blakely, A HBCU Alum & Committed Friend To HBCU’s


 Mr. Blakely, served as an Associate Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Mr. Blakely, joined the White House Initiative staff in 2007. His primary duties involved working with Federal Agencies, HBCU Presidents and Sponsored Program Officials on procurement, contracting and program issues.

He served as the Department of the Army’s HBCU/MI Program Manager in the Army Small Business Office for 10 years, where he developed highly successful HBCU/MI initiatives that consistently exceeded the Army contracting goal.

He has worked closely with federal agencies, HBCU advocacy groups and private sector organizations to implementing policies and programs that increase federal funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Mr. Blakely, previously served as an EEO Manager at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights with responsibilities for the Affirmative Employment and Special Emphasis Programs.

He created EPA’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program with the support of senior managers and significant input from HBCU presidents. The HBCU Program focused on Research and Development, Faculty Fellowships, Internships and Equipment Transfer Programs.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work at Tuskegee and Master’s of Arts in Human Resources Management, Pepperdine Universities and a Certificate in Contracting and Procurement from the University of Virginia.

Mr. Blakely retired from the USAF Reserves in 2000 as a Lt. Col. He is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and a 33° Prince Hall Mason. He currently resides in Prince George’s County, Maryland with his wife and daughter.

Robert Norwood, Student at Alabama A&M University Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship


[Dallas, TX – November 19th]

Student: Robert Norwood

GPA: 3.91

Hometown: Thomaston,Alabama

Classification /Major: Sophomore/ Electrical Engineering

The Tom Joyner Foundation selected Robert Norwood as the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar this week.

A sophomore electrical engineering major from Thomaston, Alabama, Robert Norwood is a member of the Honors Program at Alabama A&M University, as well as the National Society of Black Engineers and the STEM Star Scholars program.

Part of a long line of STEM graduates of Alabama A&M, Robert is also an avid volunteer who proudly devotes time to help those in assistant living situations, tutors high school and college students, and serves as a mentor young males.

Currently holding a 3.91 GPA, Robert enjoys the support he received from several mentors within AAMU’s engineering school.

Influential Person(s):  Mr. Gerald Vines and Ms. Monica Finch

Quote to Live By:  “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”  -Soren Kierkegaard

A new class of aspiring educators for Fort Valley State

Updated: 4:40 PM CST

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November 16, 2015

FVSU to induct new class of aspiring teachers during teacher induction ceremony

Fort Valley State's 2014 Teacher Induction Ceremony.

Fort Valley State’s 2014 Teacher Induction Ceremony.

The campus will formally welcome a new class of aspiring educators into Fort Valley State University’s College of Education during a teacher induction ceremony on 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the C.W. Pettigrew Center. The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Scott Jackson Dantley, a special assistant to the president for equity and global initiatives at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In this capacity, Dantley oversees the organization’s international quality assurance work by providing international Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) with guidance on questions relating to the CAEP process.

About the ceremony

“This will be our 9th annual Induction Ceremony,” said Dr. Edward Hill, dean of the College of Education. He said the theme for this year’s induction ceremony is Honoring the Legacy of Education: Passing the Torch to the Future.”This event is tied to the 120th anniversary of celebrating the university’s legacy of teacher preparation.”

The administrator also oversees the company’s goal of increasing the pool of diverse qualified teachers in the workforce by focusing on CAEP’s equality initiatives that are inclusion and diversity, strengthening strategic partnerships and capacity building of EPPs. In his equity work, Dantley performs outreact to key stakeholders that promote equity.

The keynote speaker

Dantley has worked in a variety of accreditation roles including serving as the chair of the board of examiners, and science specialized professional accreditation reviewer. He is the former vice president of recognition services at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). He has a long history of administrative experience in higher education as a tenured professor and dean, college of education, associate provost and associate vice president at several universities over the last 15 years overseeing areas in assessment, institutional research and national and regional accreditation.

The professional received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from George Washington University, a master’s degree in chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University, a second master’s and doctorate from The University of Maryland in science education with a focus in chemistry education.



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Great news! Wilberforce University maintains its accreditation

Updated: 11:20 AM CST


Wilberforce University was notified today, November 12, 2015 by the governing body of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that accredits institutions of higher education that the Show-Cause Order placed on the institution on June 14, 2014 has been lifted. The Show-Cause order placed Wilberforce University under threat of losing its accreditation if the institution was not brought into compliance with the criteria and practices of the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission has now placed Wilberforce under a standard path, meaning the school is now fully operating under best practices, consistent with all other institutions that are accredited by the rules and standards of the HLC.

About the decision 

The HLC Board of Trustees based its action on the institution satisfactorily meeting all five of the Core Components under which the University was evaluated. The University submitted a 3,000 page Show-Cause Report on December 15, 2014, hosted a comprehensive site visit on April 20-22, 2015, and submitted an additional 700 pages of supplemental materials in October 2015 that addressed such issues as enrollment, infrastructure, and budget.  HLC stated that “The Board finds the commitment to those challenges have been demonstrated.”

HLC also stated that “The Board and Wilberforce President, Algeania Warren Freeman, Ph.D., have developed working plans to achieve the goals of the institution. That is evidenced by interviews and Board meeting minutes, with senior administrators additionally supplementing those plans.”

Further, HLC noted that “The current administration has created realistic, financial projections which will help the University and its future plans. That was purposed by a pledged, unrestricted gift of $4 million, confirmed during a meeting with the AME Church.”

The HLC continued to find “…there is further compliance with bond covenants which were in technical default and now through meetings with  administrators and trustees, there is demonstration that the institution’s financial situation is fully comprehended as well as the importance of ongoing financial analysis for effective and  strategic future planning. That will include annual plans linked to budgets connected to the University’s strategic plan as well as a structured five year financial model.”

The HLC lauded the school’s “… progress in making changes to the physical plant and technological infrastructure and creating a schedule to address other maintenance issues.

Action taken by the University

The University has taken action that includes hiring a new financial aid director, developing new procedures to address financial aid issues and instituting a reconciliation process to handle issues.”

The accreditation agency has approved the Wilberforce Board of Trustees’ financial support through its giving campaign that has led to the improvement of the university’s finances.

The HLC finds the University has enhanced its student enrollment, expecting greater student population and even more robust growth in the academic year 2018.


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Did You Hear? Morgan State Cuts Ribbon On New $72M Business Center

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[Dallas,TX – November 16th]


The long-awaited, $72-million Morgan Business Center, home of the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management, officially opened on Friday, November 13th.  President David Wilson, along with members of the Morgan State University Board of Regents, local and state leaders, students and the business community cut the ribbon to declare the facility open for the business of educating students about today’s global marketplace.

The $72-million state-of-the-art facility features a Center for Innovation, computer labs, classrooms, a real-time Capital Markets stock trading center, seminar rooms, and a 299-person-capacity auditorium that includes an 80-person lecture hall. The building also houses a demonstration kitchen and a block of 10 functional hotel rooms for the business school’s hospitality management program.

“This business building is the latest jewel on Morgan’s campus,” said MSU President David Wilson. “It is going to provide our faculty with the tools they need to teach at a higher level and our students with unique opportunities to be innovators on the global stage and to learn in a world class environment that is second to none.”

Following the conclusion of the ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the new building, NFL Hall of Famer and successful businessman Willie E. Lanier, Sr., presented the inaugural lecture for the Graves School of Business and Management’s Willie E. Lanier, Sr. Endowed Lectureship in Business Ethics. Lanier spoke on the topic “Ethics in the Historically Black College: Then and Now” in the business school’s auditorium. In May 2015, he made a $500,000 gift to the University to establish the endowed lectureship.