United Nations Secretary-General to Speak at the 24th Annual Thurgood Marshall College Fund Annual Dinner

Hallema Sharif
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A Gathering to recognize Corporate Leaders and World-Ready Students

NEW YORK, NY (SEPTEMBER 20, 2011) - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) will host its 24th Anniversary Dinner on Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers.    The Gala is one of New York’s most prestigious events of the year that serves to support and encourage the next generation of leaders.

A highlight of this year’s gala will be the attendance of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, who will edify attendees with remarks. TMCF’s 24th Anniversary Dinner coincides with the global acknowledgement of the 66th anniversary of the United Nations (United Nations Day). TMCF will join the world in highlighting and reflecting the accomplishments of the United Nations on UN Day by having the United Nations Secretary-General present and considers its celebration dinner an appropriate finale to the traditional daylong salute.

TMCF is celebrating 24 years of an extraordinary history aimed at Developing Minds and Delivering Dreams for the nation’s future leaders of industry, government and education. The correlation between TMCF and the United Nations is a profound example of TMCF’s goal to pave a way for students to journey towards global leadership.

With an eye towards advancing efforts to manufacture global leaders, TMCF has executed fact- finding missions in South Africa, China, Malaysia, and Singapore, traveling with a handpicked delegation of advisors including TMCF President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., and Founder and Board Member, Dr. N. Joyce Payne. The missions were aimed at producing a comprehensive study of a select group of exemplary degree programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at universities in South Africa, China, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Through partnerships with Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), the United States Department of State, and Nanjing University for Information Science and Technology (NUIST), TMCF is successfully sponsoring students in study abroad programs in China and Ghana.

“The goal is to achieve measurable change in the quality and quantity of students completing degree programs in STEM at public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This information will be used to create a major national initiative to “Engage, Innovate & Invest” in STEM at TMCF’s 47 member schools,” Dr. Payne said.

In April 2011, TMCF launched an International Collaboration Group (ICG) as part of an extensive global outreach effort by public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The group was formed by 11 of the 47 TMCF member institutions and is designed to forge international partnerships while producing more “world-ready” college graduates.

“Academic communities, with their long-standing traditions of cultural exchange, have the ability to set examples of mutual respect and understanding in diverse populations. These are some of the shared principles that co-exist between the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the UN Secretary-General, with each moving forward to urge students, teachers, university presidents, national governments and the United Nations – to affirm their common purpose and the partnerships that can do so much to build a better world for all,” says TMCF President & CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

His Excellency, Secretary-General to the UN, Ban Ki-moon says, “Higher education can play a vital role as we work together in common cause to consolidate gains, to strengthen institutions, to fight repression, and to promote good governance. The power of education is integral to spreading peace and deepening democracy. When people participate in the democratic process and become engaged, they build peace, day-by-day, year-by-year.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s priorities have consistently been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges. He aims to deliver humanitarian assistance and ensure access to education, healthcare, food, and medicine. He believes that education improves individual incomes, economic growth, child and maternal health, resistance to disease and environmental practices.

TMCF’s 24th Anniversary Dinner honors current leaders of community, business, education and government, and recognizes the achievements of 600 emerging graduates from colleges and universities from around the country. These institutions boast alumni among the ranks of Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young, Ed Bradley, Earl G. Graves, Lionel Richie, Jerry Rice, and Leontyne Price, and they are preparing future graduates to chart new paths never before imagined.

The paralleled efforts of the United Nations and TMCF will be a feature of this year’s anniversary dinner, which will deliver the message that if all nations ensure its children the education they deserve, individuals and countries will be placed on a path towards a stable future. TMCF will further compel all entities to build on this momentum, based on the belief that education can drive economic and social progress.

The dinner is the primary fund-raiser to aid the nearly 300,000 students attending TMCF’s 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in their goal to achieve a higher education.

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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 Predominantly 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: Scholarships, Capacity Building and Programmatic Support, and Public Policy and Advocacy. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization and has a "Four Star" rating by Charity Navigator. For up-to-the-minute information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit: www.thurgoodmarshallcollegefund.org.

Secretary-General to the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon is the eighth person to occupy such office. His priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the organization itself.

“I grew up in war”, the Secretary-General said, “and saw the United Nations help my country to recover and rebuild. That experience was a big part of what led me to pursue a career in public service. As Secretary-General, I am determined to see this organization deliver tangible, meaningful results that advance peace, development and human rights.”
His Excellency, Mr. Ban Ki-moon took office on 1 January, 2007.