Monday, March 16, 2009

FAMU’s Lyceum Series Presents United Negro College Fund Empower Me Tour featuring Acclaimed Author and Actor Hill Harper

On Saturday, April 4, Hill Harper will present ways for minority youth to obtain fundamental financial tools that will jumpstart their journey to wealth building while empowering them with skills that provide a head start toward financial security and freedom during the HBCU Empower Me Tour.

The tour will offer students with students a unique opportunity to gain valuable information, learn useful life skills, speak with corporate recruiters, and obtain information about scholarships and college. FAMU students will have the opportunity to compete for four scholarships valued at $2,500 each. Individuals must attend the event to qualify for the scholarship.

The United Negro College Fund, in partnership with the Wachovia Foundation and the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, will host the HBCU Empower Me Tour featuring acclaimed actor and best-selling author Hill Harper.

Harper will speak from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the H. Efferson Manning Student Union Building.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an Empower Me Tour Zone, an interactive experience for middle school, high school and college-age students, is scheduled on the Set. The Tour Zone will give students an opportunity to learn valuable information, speak directly with college and corporate recruiters, win great prizes and have a little fun.

Representatives will be on hand from leading corporations such as Wachovia, American Airlines, FedEx, Amtrak and Ford. Representatives from UNCF, Teach for America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the NAACP will provide information about available scholarships and information regarding voter’s registration.

The purpose of the tour is to bring together minority middle school, high school and college students to share in a one-of-a-kind experience where they will be motivated, encouraged and inspired to take control of your destiny! The tour promotes education, mentoring and volunteerism as tools for achieving your goals and dreams in life.

To attend the event, individuals must register on location or online at

Hill Harper is the acclaimed author of the bestseller, Letters to a Young Brother (Gotham Books, 2006), which won two NAACP awards and was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association in 2007. His latest book is titled Letters to a Young Sister.

Winner of prestigious awards for best supporting actor, Hill currently stars in CSI: NY and his numerous professional credits include Beloved and He Got Game.

Harper graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Brown University and cum laude from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government. He resides in Los Angeles and is committed to sharing the message of using higher education and basic financial knowledge as successful life tools.

For more information, call FAMU’s Office of Communications at (850) 599-3413.

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