The Tom Joyner Foundation is recognizing Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. as the January 2013 School of the Month.
The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality, chose Fisk as part of its on-going effort to assist these institutions in broadening and strengthening their efforts to raise money to help keep students attending HBCUs.
As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.
Barely six months after the end of the Civil War, and just two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, three men — John Ogden, the Reverend Erastus Milo Cravath, and the Reverend Edward P. Smith —established the Fisk School in Nashville, named in honor of General Clinton B. Fisk of the Tennessee Freedmen’s Bureau, who provided the new institution with facilities in former Union Army barracks near the present site of Nashville’s Union Station. In these facilities Fisk convened its first classes on January 9, 1866. The first students ranged in age from seven to seventy, but shared common experiences of slavery and poverty — and an extraordinary thirst for learning. The work of Fisk’s founders and their dream of an educational institution that would be open to all, regardless of race, and that would measure itself by “the highest standards, not of Negro education, but of American education at its best.” was incorporated as Fisk University on August 22, 1867.The Fisk tradition of leadership and excellence is being carried on today.
For nearly 145 years, Fisk University has provided an environment that has nurtured and challenged the minds of young people .Every year top students from the United States and across the globe choose Fisk as their portal to better lives through academic and social preparation for the world of work and meaningful civic engagement.
The Foundation’s ‘Schools of the Month’ for the rest of the year are as follows: February – Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Oh.; March – Howard University, Washington, DC.; April – Florida Memorial University, Miami, Fl.; May – Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY.; June – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, AR; July – Dillard University, New Orleans, LA; August – Savannah State University, Savannah, GA; September – Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX; October – North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC; November – Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS.
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