Ambassador Horace G Dawson Scholars Program: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson Speaks at Launch of Program to Empower Young Black Males

Posted on: April 25th, 2014

Community Leaders, Parents and High School Students Invited on Saturday, April 26

 (Washington)  On the heels of President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, the Ambassador  Horace G. Dawson Scholars program will launch with an event focusing on “Educating African-American Scholars,” on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 4:30PM-9:00PM.   The program will be held at Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M Street NW, where Dawson, former ambassador to Botswana, is a long-time member.

The event will begin with a panel discussion, “Going the Distance:  Coaching A Successful College Transition and Beyond,” from 4:30pm-6:00pm featuring Georgetown University professor and author, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Herb Tillery,  Director DC College Success Foundation, Akosua Tyus, President NAACP DC Chapter,  Darrell Bennett,  CEO Bennett Books Global, and others. Denise Rolark-Barnes, editor of The Washington Informer, will serve as moderator.   Following the panel, a segment entitled “The Impossible Dream” will be held from 6:00PM-9:00PM with community leaders, parents and high school students discussing  with experts how best to support youth as they transition from high school to college.  Performances by Jeff Bradshaw and the Howard University Gospel Choir will also be featured.

“As the Scholars program launches, supporters and program members will discuss the importance of mentorship and academic support for African-American males in the District”, said Joy Scott, president of the Ambassador Horace G. Dawson Scholars program.  Initially, The goal is to recruit 40 male students to participate in the program.   The Howard G. Dawson Scholars program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to encourage African-American young men to become high achievers and leaders through higher education. It aims to enrich each young male’s educational journey through academic tutoring, college preparatory workshops, personal mentorship and professional guidance.  The Mighty Men of Metropolitan, College Advocates and l00 Collegiates of Georgetown University are supporting  the effort.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, go to