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WASHINGTON – Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) held a press conference on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC, as part of a two-day International Collaboration Group (ICG) meeting scheduled Wednesday, April 27, 2011 through Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Washington.

TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. discussed Thurgood Marshall’s legacy to provide an equal opportunity to education worldwide, he announced, along with representatives of George Mason University and some TMCF-member school representatives, TMCF’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with George Mason University for a new project in Sierra Leone. In addition, Taylor shared TMCF’s mission to build international capacity for ICG and other TMCF-member schools while “extending Justice Marshall’s legacy in education throughout the world.” The Ambassador of Sierra Leone, Bockari Kortu Stevens was invited to speak with the press at TMCF’s working media luncheon at the National Press Club as well.

TMCF participants had the opportunity to explain to the press their interest in pursuing work in Brazil, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and other countries of the world. They were also able to discuss international legal, regulatory, food, pharmaceutical, health and education standards as well as areas of collaboration in Africa, the Caribbean and other regions of the world.

ICG was formed during the recent 12th Annual TMCF Member University Professional Institute (MUPI) March 20-23, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. It was formed by representatives from 11 TMCF-member schools. These school representatives all agreed to work in concert to apply for federal international grants.

ICG conference objectives included participation in meetings at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Peace Corps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture: National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  Additional agenda items included attending meetings with congressional staff and a discussion of attendee experiences with international grants and future plans to continue working with the federal government on new international projects.


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice, was established in 1987. TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending our 47-member schools, which include public Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs). TMCF’s work is critical to guaranteeing our country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders. TMCF achieves its vision of Changing the World . . . One Leader at a Time by focusing on three areas: Scholarships, Capacity Building & Programmatic Support, and Public Policy & Advocacy.