Cornel West to speak at UAPB as Rockefeller Lecturer

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Dr. Cornel West

[[ Dallas, TX - September 15th, 2014]]

Cornel West to speak at UAPB as Rockefeller Lecturer

The Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lectures Program will be hosted by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and will feature Dr. Cornel West as part of the University’s Fall Convocation Thursday, September 25, 2014. The free, public event will be held at 10:00a.m. in the J.M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building.

“Dr. West is a distinguished professor and one of the most prominent and prolific public intellectuals of this era,” said UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander. “He is widely known and respected for his commitment to social justice.”

The Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lectures program was established in 1972 by friends of Governor Winthrop Rockefeller and assists faculty at the hosting universities and staff at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in obtaining outstanding visiting lecturers to communicate ideas that stimulate public discussion, intellectual debate and cultural advancement.

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via - University of AR at Pine Bluff

Smokie Norful Shows his support for UAPB

Howard Takes Down Morehouse in AT&T Nation Classic

[Dallas, TX - September 15th, 2014]

This weekend, the HBCU Football Classics that took place were some of the best so far in this 20-14 season.  There was the Battle in the Capital,  HBCUX in the Bahamas, and of course the Southern Heritage Classic.  The big upset came in the Southern Heritage Classic where Jackson State was the favorite on that night because of their high powered offense.  But Tennessee State had a different plan as they took on the first year head coach at Jackson State.

Here are some pictures and Clips from the weekend #HBCUFootball:

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Howard wins Nation Classic

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Photo Courtesy of Tennessee State Athletics


Here is a list of the upcoming Saturday game on the 20th that you should look forward to.

Chicago Football Classic – Morehouse vs Central State

New York Urban League Classic – Howard vs Morgan State

Down East Viking Football Classic – Elizabeth City State vs Benedict

FAMU Receives a 1.3 Million Dollar Grant- [[WATCH]]

[[Dallas, TX - September 15th,2014]]

FAMU Receives $1.3M NIH Grant To Support Innovative Cancer Treatment Research

Professors and Students at the Cutting Edge of New Drug Therapy Developments

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) has received a $1,351,400 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support groundbreaking research that is poised to uncover a more direct and effective method for treating lung cancer.

The lung cancer research supported by the four-year grant is also expected to provide insight and solutions for more effective treatments for cancers that often impact minority and underserved communities and are more difficult to detect. These include pancreatic, prostate and triple negative breast cancers.

Click here to Read the details about this new grant

Florida A&M University was the Tom Joyner Foundation January School of the Month. You can still  support FAMU by clicking here and donating $18.87 for its founding year as a HBCU.

Columnist Eugene Robinson to Emcee Claflin University’s 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala Featuring Bill Cosby


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Eugene Robinson

[Dallas, TX - September 12th, 2014]

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Orangeburg native Eugene Robinson will serve as the emcee at Claflin University’s 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala.

The 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala – set for 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center – will be held in honor of President Henry N. Tisdale and Mrs. Alice Carson Tisdale for their 20 years of dedicated service to Claflin University, as well as all employees who have provided at least 20 years of service to the institution.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the incomparable Bill Cosby, one of America’s most beloved television fathers and whose off-screen comedic routines transcend age, gender and culture. Tickets are $200 per person, or $5,000 for sponsorship tables of 10. The purpose of the gala is to raise $1 million in support of student scholarships and to establish an endowed chair in honor of the Tisdales.

Robinson – who grew up near the Claflin campus – served as the University’s keynote speaker during its 2009 Commencement Convocation. His mother, Louisa, was the head librarian at Claflin for more than 31 years and served the University for more than 45 years. He attended Felton Laboratory School and Orangeburg High School, where he was one of a few black students at the previously all-white campus.
Robinson continued his education at the University of Michigan, where during his senior year he became the first black student to be named co-editor-in-chief of the award-winning campus newspaper, The Michigan Daily. Robinson writes a twice-a-week column on politics and culture for The Washington Post, contributes to the PostPartisan blog and hosts a weekly online chat with readers. During his three-decade career at The Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s Style section. He started writing a column for the Op-Ed page in 2005.

In 2009, Robinson received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for “his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.” Robinson is the author of “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” (2010), “Last Dance in Havana” (2004), and “Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race” (1999).Robinson is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has received numerous journalism awards. He lives with his wife and two sons in Arlington, Va.

For more information or to purchase tickets or sponsorship for the 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 803-535-5238 or 803-535-5722, or visit


Claflin University is an accredited, comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with The United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869 and located in Orangeburg, S.C., Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs.

If you would like to make a donation to Claflin University click here

Date: September 12, 2014

Contact:  Charlene D. Slaughter

(803)-535-5077 (Office)


2014 HBCUstory Symposium Announces Keynote Speakers

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HBCUStory Symposium

[Dallas, TX - September 11th, 2014]


The organizers of the 2014 HBCUstory Symposium, scheduled Oct. 24 & 25, are excited to announce that Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), and Dr. Ivory A. Toldson, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities will serve as the event’s keynote speakers.

Cole and Toldson will address HBCU presidents, faculty members, students, alumni and supporters at the two-day research and cultural symposium presented by HBCUstory Inc., in partnership with the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) at its headquarters in downtown Washington D.C. on Oct. 24 & 25, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cole, who has forged a long and distinguished career as an educator and humanitarian, holds the distinction of serving as the first African-American woman to head Atlanta’s Spelman College and later, she served as president of Bennett College for Women in North Carolina. 

“A treasured leader in the HBCU community, (Dr. Cole’s) is an HBCU story that began at the age of 15 when she entered Fisk through the school’s early admissions program,” said symposium convenor Dr. Crystal A. deGregory, executive editor of HBCUstory Inc. “As a preeminent voice of African-American culture and an authority on educational leadership, Dr. Cole’s participation reinforces the importance of the work of HBCUstory and the HBCUstory Symposium.

 So far, the symposium’s organizers have vetted approximately 20 papers from HBCU faculty, staff, researchers and alumni who represent numerous HBCU member institutions. Themed, “Where Do HBCUs Go From Here? Strategic Partnerships + Sustainable Futures,” the symposium’s presentations will span a variety of topics ranging from history, library science and leadership to STEM, sports and millennial philanthropy.

Registration for the two-day event is required. Tickets are available online at and includes lunch for both days. Limited on-site registration may be available for $135. A live stream of the symposium also will be available online for guests around the world.

 Sponsorship and advertising opportunities for the symposium are still available. Contact Crystal A. deGregory via email at for more information. 

Derek Smith of Norfolk State University Named Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar”


Student : Derek Smith

Major : History

Hometown : Chesapeake, Virginia

Derek Smith  a senior,  from Chesapeake, Virginia has been named this week’s Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar”.  At Norfolk State University Derek  is majoring in History  and is recognized as an honor student with a 3.69 GPA . He plans to be a future attorney  working for corporate companies , which will allow him to set an example of leadership and excellence.

Derek is very involved on campus with SGA and he also helps serve the community by being a regular donor to the Red Cross. He mentions that his  inspiration comes from his Father Arthur Smith, and his mother Dr. Karen Rush. Derek says thatComing to NSU has opened me up to many opportunities that I would have never expected”.

The Norfolk State University is located in Norfolk, Va., has 6,728 students, offering more than 50 degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. On its 134-acre campus, there are 35 buildings, including state-of-the-art technology centers, a 28,000-seat football stadium and an 8,000-seat basketball arena.

The Hercules Scholarship is named after Joyner’s father, the late Hercules Joyner, who was a strong supporter of higher education. To be a candidate for the scholarship, students must be male, attend a Foundation “School of the Month”, have a grade point average of at least 3.5, and be a campus leader involved in the community with a career goal toward making a difference in the quality of life for his race. The scholars each receive a scholarship grant of $1,500 that is paid directly to their school to help offset their college expenses.

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Tom Joyner Honored at Jackson State University

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Jackson State University


[Dallas, TX - September 10th, 2014]

Today the Tom Joyner Morning Show stopped in Jackson,Mississippi on its #TJMSTour. While in Jackson they had a chance to visit Jackson State University.  This HBCU  was founded in 1877 in Natchez, Mississippi and they are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) . It is  1 of only 2 Historically Black Colleges and Universities to be classified as a research intensive university with high research activity by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, along with Howard University.

This weekend Jackson State takes on Tennessee State in the 25th Annual Southern Heritage Classic that will be played in Memphis, Tennessee. Click here to take our #TJFPolloftheWeek ” Who Will Win the Southern Heritage Classic ?”

Also, Jackson State University was selected as the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month back 1999 and 2005.

“Human JukeBox” the Best HBCU Band in the land

NCAA ranks Southern’s ‘Human Jukebox’ marching band second in nation.

But what that really means is that out of all the HBCU bands in the nation , the Human Jukebox is number 1.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has named Southern University’s “Human Jukebox” marching band as the second best collegiate marching band in the country, topped only by Ohio State University. 

“This is downright amazing for our students that the NCAA has taken notice of what we do at Southern University,” Southern Director of Bands Lawrence Jackson said in a news release.  In the latest Tom Joyner Foundation Poll of the week,  the Southern University band received over 20,000 votes for being the best Band in the HBCU land. 

Check out some remarkable performances from the “Human Jukebox”. Remember Southern University Baton Rouge is the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month for November.





A ‘New Season’ of Leadership, Excellence with Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd

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Gwendolyn Boyd – ASU 14th President

[Dallas, TX - September 8th,2014]

History was made on the campus of Alabama State University on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, with the Investiture Service formally installing Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd as the University’s 14th – and first female – President.

There was an air of grandeur in and around the Dunn-Oliver Acadome  on Friday, with great expectation, guests looked on as witnesses to a landmark occasion in Alabama State University’s 147-year history, the Investiture of the institution’s 14th President, Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd.

Among the dignitaries in attendance was the Hon. Alexis M. Herman, 23rd United States Secretary of Labor, serving under President Bill Clinton. Herman, charged with introducing Boyd just before she approached the podium to take the Oath of Office, described Boyd as a “daughter of the south” rising to “seize the helm of leadership of an institution that was founded by former slaves, in a country that was built on slave labor.”

At an official inauguration event Friday, the university’s board of trustees officially welcomed Boyd to the office in front of numerous dignitaries, including the presidents of 26 other universities. The nearly-four hour ceremony, which at times had the feel of an old-time Baptist tent revival complete with hands raised and shouts of praises, concluded with a passionate speech from Boyd, in which she promised to help ASU to a “new day.”

“This is not about me,” said Boyd, who has been working as the school’s president since February. “This is about ASU. Despite all we’ve been through, we have joy at ASU. Because we know that if we continue to do the right thing, God will bless us and this university. We know storms will come, but they will not last.”

“We will make it (ASU) a significantly greater University than it has ever been before. This is our main task, and we will accomplish it together. We will steer this University through some very difficult times, maintaining both high academic standards and a unique spirit of mutual respect that makes is possible to speak of Alabama State as strong, significant and powerful. We will remain relevant as a University,” Boyd said.

“Today from this day forward, we will make wise choices for Alabama State University. This is a great institution, a strong and powerful, progressive institution, and we will be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. This is a place of destiny for these young people and everyone who chooses to be here. This is a place of excellence and a place of unlimited potential.”

Read more about  Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd Inauguration by clicking here

Alabama State University is also the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the month for October. 

Xavier Univ. of Louisiana President Norman Francis Announces Retirement

[Dallas, TX - September 8th, 2014]

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Dr. Norman C. Francis

Xavier University of Louisiana President Norman Francis announces his retirement, ending the longest tenure of any contemporary college president in American history with 46 years. 

Dr. Norman C. Francis, the nation’s longest serving university president, today announced that he plans to retire as president of Xavier University, effective June 30, 2015.

“After nearly 47 years, I believe that the time has come to take the brightly burning torch turned over to me by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and pass it on to new leadership,” Dr. Francis told a campus wide Convocation of the University community late Thursday morning.

“I did so with the passionate confidence and absolute certainty that Xavier is better prepared than ever to continue its educational and spiritual mission, and to build on its tradition of excellence,” Dr Francis continued.

Dr. Francis’ has been affiliated with Xavier for most of 66 years, arriving at Xavier from Lafayette as a 17 year old freshman in 1948, and he quickly emerged as a leader. He was elected class president every year of his undergraduate study and student body president in his senior year.

“This morning, my fellow board members and I accepted Dr. Francis’ request to retire as Xavier’s president, effective June 30, 2015,” said Michael Rue, Chairman of the Xavier University Board of Trustees. “We all wish Dr. Francis could remain as Xavier’s president for at least 50 more years. We take solace in the realization that Dr. Francis will be forever with us through the institution he helped shape.”

Read more about Dr. Francis and his announcement by clicking   here.