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Black History Calendar and Resource Guide Marks 10 Years:


Helping HBCUs With Launch of $190,000 Scholarship Program

CHICAGO (December 8, 2015) — The Educational Network, which has used its Black history calendar and resource guide to raise more than $400,000 for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through a partnership with Walgreens, is marking its 10th year by working to raise $190,000 in scholarships.

A portion of the sales of the calendar, along with private and corporate donations, will fund the organization’s new “T.E.N. Scholarship” program and support HBCUs.

“Our new calendar and resource guide, appropriately entitled “Our History, Today! An African-American Journey,” represents the continuation of our efforts to assist HBCUs and educate youth and adults about the important contributions African-Americans have made and are continuing to make to the world,” said Tracey Alston, founder of The Educational Network.

“In the globally competitive world in which we live, it’s extremely important for our young people to obtain a college education, but that is an expensive undertaking. As we celebrate our 10th year, we want to make an even greater impact by helping students with some of those costs.”

The scholarships will be awarded to 10 students attending HBCUs. One student will receive a $100,000 scholarship, and nine students will receive $10,000 each in scholarships.

“Ten years ago, we recognized that America’s HBCUs face immense financial challenges,” Alston said. “We understood then and we understand now that each of us must do our part to support these storied institutions. They have contributed so much to this nation and our world by cultivating generations of young men and women who have been and continue to be leaders and innovators in many fields.”

The resource guide and calendar is available for purchase at select Walgreens stores and at BlackHistoryHBCU.com.

“Themes common throughout Black history – police brutality, economic inequality, deteriorating race relations and voting rights infractions have once again come to the forefront of American life,” said Alston. “It is evident now more than ever that our nation needs a thorough understanding of Black history in order to successfully navigate these difficult issues.”

The calendar lists Black history facts for every month and includes its signature full-page profiles of 13 prominent African-Americans. Featured are Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, the youngest chief prosecutor of any major city in America; Arnold W. Donald, director of Carnival Corp.; the late Black organizations ; an entrepreneurial pioneer who became a millionaire; and award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson; among others.

The resource guide and calendar also lists national Black organizations that assist African-Americans and others in achieving their educational goals and more than $700,000 in scholarship opportunities. A list of accredited HBCUs can be found on the back cover.

The Educational Network has an online lesson plan system that was created and inspired from the facts published in the resource guide and calendar as well as other historic information. The Common Core-compatible curricula are used by teachers of students from K through 12th grade in school districts across the nation. It’s cross curricular, has project-based assessments, a rubrics system and presents a multi-cultural view of Black history.

For more information, contact Tracey Alston at (312) 470-0270 Ext. 2007.

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