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The Fall Summit on Black College Student Leadership

SALISBURY, N.C. August 13, 2012 -- At a time when the relevancy of historically black colleges and universities is being unfairly challenged in some segments of the country, and many say today’s youth lack the ambition and drive demonstrated by previous generations, Livingstone College is hosting the Inaugural Fall Summit on Black College Student Leadership Sept. 7-8. The two-day caucus is for student leaders, particularly, but not limited to, members of Student Government Associations from the 19 HBCUs in The Carolinas.

“Synergize, Strategize and Synthesize” is the theme for the summit, designed to enhance the knowledge of SGA presidents and members of their executive boards and campus organizations about student leadership strategies and organizational development, while building their professional prowess as future global leaders.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a noted civil rights leader, former presidential candidate and founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, was student body president while at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. Jackson is proof positive that being involved in student government can lead to exemplary careers.

The summit is the brainchild of Rev. Gregory B. Drumwright, an N.C. A&T State University alum and former SGA President, who is now the Executive Director of the NC Student Government Leadership Congress and Student Leadership Greensboro, organizations that have captured the interests of perhaps the most diverse populous of young leaders across the state. Drumwright, who has traveled the U.S. extensively and also traveled internationally, is a motivational speaker and educational consultant. A former high school teacher and college instructor, Drumwright has tapped into his vast pool of contacts to assemble community forerunners, academic leaders and business professionals to ensure the summit will be successful.

“I consider my work in student leadership an obligation on so many levels,” Drumwright said. “The high school dropout rate is continuing its upward spiral in this country, particularly among African-American youth, many of our children are not attending college and morality is reaching an all-time low. We need to revert to the days when young people respected their elders and themselves and were passionate about ensuring that they position themselves for fulfilling careers and creating positive legacies. I think this summit can be a catalyst toward achieving that because it is my fervent hope that the student leaders will take what they glean from it back to their campuses and their local communities to effect change.”

During the Inaugural Fall Summit on Black College Student Leadership, SGA presidents will get the opportunity to present their administration and platform for the 2012-2013 academic year while cultivating relationships with their counterparts.

Dorian Edwards, Livingstone College’s SGA President, is excited about the summit. “Livingstone College is one of the smaller HBCUs in The Carolinas, but we’re doing a lot of positive things on our campus. Hosting this summit is one way we can help promote leadership among young African-Americans while giving people a glimpse of all we have to offer.”

Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. could not underscore the summit’s importance enough.

“College is a perfect place for students to acquire leadership skills, and we’re honored to host the Inaugural Fall Summit on Black College Student Leadership on our campus,” Jenkins said. “As a college president, I consider it my duty to assist in any way possible an endeavor that could help produce the next Barack Obama, Bob Johnson or Condoleezza Rice. I salute Mr. Drumwright for his vision, and we at Livingstone College look forward to the two-day event, which I am confident will be powerful.”

For more information on the Fall Summit or to schedule interviews please contact Rev. Gregory Drumwright at (336) 253-4310 or gregd@ncstudentcongress.org.

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