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Evening of StarsĀ® on BET to Highlight Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, N.C. (January 18, 2013) – For the second consecutive year, Johnson C. Smith University will be among colleges and universities around the nation featured on the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and BET network Annual Special An Evening of Stars® on Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. The variety show is created to focus public attention on America's need for more African American college graduates and UNCF's work getting students to and through college.

Johnson C. Smith University graduate Cory Carter and President Ronald L. Carter will be shown in a brief interview on the program to raise awareness about education excellence. Cory Carter is director of JCSU’s Charlotte’s Web, a technology mentoring initiative providing African American and Hispanic/Latino males from West Charlotte High School hands-on experience with computer-based technology. Cory will share with actor Kevin Hart his personal story as a youth who grew up in foster care and how the University reached out with support he needed to complete his college education. Since Cory graduated in 2011, the university has established a Foster Village Network Center to help students with similar backgrounds achieve success.

UNCF and BET Networks have announced that actor and comedian Anthony Anderson will emcee the 34th edition of the show. "UNCF is delighted that Anthony Anderson has agreed to make our cause his cause, introducing the stars who will grace the UNCF An Evening of Stars® stage," said UNCF President and CEO Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D. "The music industry stars will entertain the studio and TV audiences and will be joined by the high achieving student stars who, thanks to UNCF, are getting the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.”

About UNCF
UNCF, the country's largest and most effective minority education organization, supports the education of more than 60,000 students each year. A recent study by UNCF's Patterson Research Institute showed that UNCF's 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) out-perform many non-HBCUs at enrolling and graduating low-income students. UNCF's largest scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, has a 90 percent graduation rate among its 13,000 low-income minority students, a significantly higher rate than the national college graduation rate.

About JCSU
Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.   

Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing








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