John Legend Headlining Hillsborough Community College National Summit for Minority Males in Higher Education


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13 December 2016
African American and Latino males remain historically underrepresented throughout higher education, and their persistence and retention rates are significantly lower than other student populations.  Founded by Hillsborough Community College (HCC) and sponsored by the HCC Office of Equity and Special Projects, the eleventh annual Black, Brown and College Bound Summit (BBCB) will be held on February 22nd - 25th at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. John Legend will keynote this year’s Dr. Sylvia Marion Carley Luncheon on February 23rd at the Tampa Convention Center.

“Our goal is to provide the resources and support to help these young men graduate and become productive members of their communities,” said Dr. Ken Atwater, President of HCC. “BBCB provides a platform where attendees can discuss the unique issues facing this population and make lasting connections with successful minority males in their respective industries.”

The summit brings together national experts, educational leaders, practitioners and students to discuss the programs and strategies that have proven effective in increasing the academic achievement of underrepresented males in higher education. 

Ohio-born John Legend is a critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter. Legend is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied English and African American literature.

His work has garnered ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, among others. Legend’s highly acclaimed fourth and most current studio album, Love In the Future, features All of Me, Legend’s top selling song to date, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on both Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts. Most recently, Legend won his first Academy Award, first Golden Globe Award, a Grammy award, and a Critics’ Choice Award for his song, Glory, that he wrote and performed with Common for the film, Selma.

Throughout his career, Legend has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign (ShowMeCampaign.org), an initiative that focuses on education as a key to break the cycle of poverty, and has been widely recognized for his leadership in this area. John sits on the boards of the Education Equality Project, Teach for America, and Stand for Children and co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies National Leadership Board of Directors. Additionally, Legend supports LRNG, a movement dedicated to inspiring innovation in the learning process to one that better reflects the world we live in today. In 2015 Legend initiated the #FREEAMERICA campaign, a campaign designed to change the national conversation regarding America’s criminal justice system. Legend also serves as one of the principals for Get Lifted Film Co., a film and television production company based in Los Angeles.

Additional Speakers include: John Quinones, ABC News Veteran and Host of What Would You Do?; Charles F. Coleman Jr., Esq., seasoned civil rights attorney and legal analyst; Dr. Damon Williams, Senior Vice President for Program, Training, and Youth Development Services for Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Dr. Luis Ponjuan, Texas A&M University Associate Professor; Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr., founder of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University.

Full conference details including registration information can be found at hccfl.edu/bbcb.

Hillsborough Community College serves more than 45,000 students annually on campuses on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa and in Plant City, Ybor City, Brandon, and Ruskin.  Hillsborough Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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