Toldson, White House Deputy HBCUs Chief To Speak At LeMoyne-Owen College

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Deputy Director of White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Travel to Memphis to Discuss Important Role HBCUs Play in Advancing Educational Success of African American Males

Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), will visit LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis on Thursday, April 24, to kick off SchoolSeed’s speaker series. He will highlight the important role that HBCUs play in advancing the educational success of African American males during the discussion titled “HBCUs and the Achievement Gap: Seeding Success for Black Male Students.” Toldson also will discuss how HBCUs help change public perceptions, resolve inequities in U.S. public schools that impede academic progress, and promote a more rigorous K-12 curricular pathway.  In addition, he will offer his thoughts on best practices for seeding success for Black male students. 

While in Memphis, Toldson also will engage with students, professors and community leaders in further discussions about the achievement gap and policies, practices and supports that are most effective in addressing barriers to success for African American youth.

SchoolSeed, a nonprofit organization, supports community efforts that positively impact students and teachers in Memphis schools.

WHO: Ivory Toldson, deputy director, White House Initiative on HBCUs

WHAT: Remarks to launch SchoolSeed’s speaker series: “HBCUs and the Achievement Gap: Seeding Success for Black Male Students”

WHERE: LeMoyne-Owen College, Little Theater of the Alma C. Hanson Student Center

807 Walker Ave., Memphis, Tenn.

WHEN: 1:15 p.m. CT, Thursday, April 24, 2014



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