HBCUs: ‘Talent for the World’

HBCU Today - edutalk radioJoyce Payne is the founder of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and as a way to commemorate African-American History Month, she recently teamed up with John Fleming, the chief executive officer of Black Educational Events, and appeared on Education Talk Radio to discuss the vital roles historically black college and universities (HBCUs) play in the U.S.

“We produce talent for the world,” said Payne, whose organization is the only national organization that supports all HBCUs with member-schools, including the 47 publicly-supported HBCUs. “We have an organic relationship with public schools throughout the nation. We have a long history of producing teachers for public schools to serve those students.”

Last fall, AASA launched a partnership with HBCU Today, an online portal containing detailed information about our nation’s HBCUs.

“I am convinced (HBCUs) have to become more of a conversation about post secondary education choices,” said Fleming on the program. “These schools are so very important. It’s a privilege and a pleasure to be involved in something like this.”

“We may not have the marketing and PR dollars to have our universities highlighted on CNN but we can feed off the organic relationships we have in our communities,” added Payne.

To preview the HBCU Today digital resource guide, visit the public website at www.hbcutoday.net. Easy access is also provided to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), an HBCU Today co-brand partner.

Listen to the Education Talk Radio program here

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