GRAMLING, LA – Grambling State University has announced CNN Commentator and history-making South Carolina Legislator, Bakari Sellers will keynote the University’s Black History Convocation at 10:00 a.m. on February 19, 2019.

Sellers, an HBCU graduate, is well-known for making history in 2016, when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina State Legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation.

“Mr. Sellers’ accomplishments are an important example of civic engagement for our students and community,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “His work shows us that it’s never too early to get involved and make an impact. We are honored to have him as our guest.”

In addition to his local work as a lawyer and legislator, Sellers aslo served on President’s Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2018 election; won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina in 2014; and is a regular political commentator for CNN.

Campus and community members are invited to attend this year’s convocation.

EVENT INFORMATION

WHO: Grambling State University

WHAT: Black History Convocation

WHEN: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center, Grambling, LA

For media access or more information, call 318-245-5012 or email mediarelations@gram.edu.

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About Grambling State University

Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The university has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditation in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 41 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit www.gram.edu.

Noted educator and author Dr. Steve Perry will deliver the commencement address to fall 2018 graduates of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) on Friday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. The free, public event will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center arena with procession beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Perry is one of the most sought-after education in America. His is the educator Oprah Oprah, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Bishop TD Jakes and Steve Harvey call on to offer insight to parents and children. A diverse array of politicians and groups from the Urban League to ALEC, have reached out to Dr. Perry to better understand what matters to parents.

Dr. Perry opened his third school, helped Steve Harvey write his new book “Jump,” has spoken in over 79 communities and completed his sixth book “Transparanting” within the past 12 months. The word most often used to describe Dr. Perry is passionate. His authenticity is welcomed addition to any discussion rooted in improving children’s lives and the community. His skills are hard-fought and have been bestowed from his rough childhood all the way up through his graduation from an Ivy League school. There’s a richness in his concepts that foster an intriguing point of view on the modern American family.

Dr. Perry’s unique and powerful voice is respected and has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, Al Jazeera, TV One, BET and NBC as well as the Oprah Winfrey network in multiple shows. His courage and piercing insights provides a fascinating perspective that is not often found in public disclosure.

Considered the voice of a generation, Dr. Perry is a people’s champion who has been fighting for disadvantaged children and families for 30 years. Passionate and surprisingly funny, he is a man worth listening to.

For more information about fall 2018 commencement, please call (870) 575-8487.

BOWIE, MD – Eunique Jones Gibson, an award-winning content director and speaker who founded the iconic Because of Them We Can photo campaign, will return to her alma mater to address about 600 Bowie State University graduates and their families at the spring commencement on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland.

According to a press release from the university, a 2007 Bowie State University graduate, and Maryland native, Gibson develops campaigns that ignite conversation and introspection. Her talent is to get people talking: either through her campaigns and the awareness generated by their message or through her role as a speaker, host or moderator at events and panels that address timely and relevant issues impacting a variety of communities.

Gibson recently directed commercial spots featuring NBA star Kevin Durant and R&B artist Jennifer Hudson. She began her career in online advising with Microsoft, and over the past decade she has worked with a variety of companies such as American Family Insurance, Nickelodeon, 1-800-Flowers, Green Bay Packers, Kathy Ireland Worldwide and Custom Ink to name a few.

In February 2012, following the death of Trayvon Martin, Gibson created her first photo awareness campaign I Am Trayvon Martin. The campaign spread through social media and online news outlets around the world and inspired others to use their voice to highlight social injustices and the need for change.

As a result, in 2013, Gibson launched Because of Them We Can, an award-winning campaign and movement that helps people re-imagine their possibilities. Launched during Black History Month with a mission to empower the next generation to honor the legacy of their ancestors, the campaign featured photographs of adorable children channeling leaders, activists, and celebrities, past and present. It has evolved into a positive platform for Black excellence that reaches millions of people each month.

Throughout her travels promoting Because of Them We Can, Gibson met follow dreamers and started thinking, “What if we had a space where we could build our dreams and at the same time, build our village?” So, she created it. In 2018, Gibson launched Dream Village, a co-working space for dreamers that will allow them to build a supportive community in both physical and virtual spaces. The space hopes to bring back the village values that every community needs. The very first Dream Village right outside of Washington, DC, in Hyattsville, Maryland, in February 2018.

 

About Bowie State University

Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The university places special emphasis on the science, technology, cybersecurity, teacher education, business, and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education. For more information about BSU, visit www.bowiestate.edu.