White House to Launch Summit Series on Improving Education for Black Youth

The first summit will take place Wednesday at Morehouse College.

Posted: 02/11/2014 04:16 PM EST

In President Obama's effort to improve learning and development for African-American children and youth, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans (WHIEEEAA) will begin holding summits with leaders in business, education and other fields to drive new thought on the issues.

The summit series will launch at Morehouse College in Atlanta on Feb. 13 to Feb. 14. The first theme discussed will be "Setting the Stage: Socio-Cultural Factors Impacting African American Boys and Men." 

Morehouse President John Silvanus Wilson, U.S. Deputy of Secretary of Education Jim Shelton and Ebony magazine's Editor-in-Chief Amy DuBois Barnett are set to make remarks at the launch of the summit series Thursday. 

Other topics that are set to be explored include "Mental and Physical Health and Well Being" at Jackson State University April 25-26; "Education and Employment" at Laney College June 13-14; and "Justice and Safety" at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Oct. 24-25.

The summits will highlight leaders in educational excellence for African Americans and also create opportunities for parents, grandparents and guardians to help increase the number of African-Americans who are prepared when they graduate from high school. 

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