Monday, August 14, 2000

Education summit convened

Urban League hopes to rally parents, energize students

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati is putting an educational spin on the annual River Front Classic and Jamboree.

  Highlights of the two summit days at the River Front Classic and Jamboree:
  • Sept. 7: Susan Taylor, the publication director for Essence magazine, will speak at 7 p.m. about achievement. During that session, at Christ Emmanuel Christian Fellowship in Walnut Hills, the Urban League will unveil a new initiative called Education Ambassadors.
  • Sept. 8: Workshops running 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature Doug E. Doug of the Cosby show and Deborah Gregory, author of the Cheetah Girls, a popular book series for girls.
  Reservations for the summit are required by Aug. 23. Tickets, though free, are required for the Sept. 7 event. Call the Urban League at 281-9955 for more information.
        The five-day festival, scheduled Sept. 7-11, already includes a Battle of the Bands, the Midwest Physicians and Dentists Caucus, the Midwest Salon Owners and Hair Stylists Convention, riverboat cruises and a Jamboree Tailgate Party.

        Now, a two-day Education Summit 2000 will add a new dimension, offering speakers and workshops for youths on issues such as peer pressure, education accountability and strategies for successful school-community collaboration.

        “We're taking on an education theme for this fun-filled event,” said Ericka Copeland, the Urban League's campaign manager for community infrastructure.

        The River Front Classic and Jamboree generates scholarships for historically black colleges.

        A highlight of the Classic is a Sept. 9 football game that matches defending black-college national champion North Carolina A&T against Tennessee State at Cinergy Field.

        The Urban League hopes the summit will raise awareness about the need to promote high achievement among youths, she said.

        National and local speakers will address youths in grades seven through 12 from about 20 schools around Greater Cincinnati over the two-day summit.

        About a thousand youths have signed up for the Sept. 8 workshops at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center.

        “We wanted to rally parents and energize students for the beginning of school,” Ms. Copeland said.

        The summit is part of the Urban League's Campaign for Achievement, an initiative built on deepened awareness and commitment to the academic and social development of Cincinnati youths.


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