Dr. Kenneth R. Manning, the Thomas Meloy Professor of Rhetoric and professor of the history of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will be the featured speaker at the kick-off of a five-year Capital Campaign celebrating the 50-year legacy of the Summer Study Skills Program (SSSP) to benefit the Samuel H. Johnson SSSP Foundation Endowment Fund.

The public is invited to join the Board of Directors of the Foundation and Dr. Manning at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at West Hunter Street Baptist Church, 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia 30310 for this exciting event.

Professor Manning is the author of three books and  is currently working on the fourth, an exploration of black physicians and health care for African Americans. His first book, Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everrett Just, tells the story of Ernest Everest Just, a world renowned biologist and one of the founders of the Omega Si Phi fraternity. Shaping the Future and Blueprint for Change: The Life and Times of Lewis H. Latimer are his second and third books respectively. His other writings have appeared in a host of scholarly publications.

The foundation says its goal is to establish a $500,000 scholarship endowment to ensure that it continues to award college scholarships to deserving minority students well into the future.

Donations may be sent to:  Samuel H. Johnson SSSP Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 372750, Decatur, GA 30037-2750. For further information, contact LaMarian Hayes-Wallace at 770-969-7720 or send an e-mail to: foundation@ssspfoundation.org. RSVP requested.

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