ATLANTA, GA (September 21, 2018) Chat & Chew!! Fifty teenage males from various high schools, in Macon, GA, will participate in a day-long field trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Alabama State University. This second 2018 Chat & Chew installment will provide the students with another opportunity to learn the importance of the Civil Rights Movement and how it impacts their everyday lives. They will also tour the world-class Alabama State University that started as the Lincoln Normal School, in 1867, with $500 raised by nine freed slaves now known as the Marion Nine.
“This trip was more than I expected it to be. I just came because my parents made me but I really learned a lot today. I didn’t know that other races were involved in the Civil Rights Movement.” (student attendee of the previous Chat & Chew)
Attendees will be encouraged to discuss what they learned. Lunch will be provided and gift bags given to each teen. The field trip will take place on October 9, 2018 from 9am to 5pm.
“I’m very excited about this next Chat & Chew field trip wherein the teens will, once again, further their understanding of the sacrifices and accomplishments of African Americans over the last few decades.” Sheddrick Clark, CEO of 9 Entertainment
About the Organizers
The Urban CEO is a nonprofit organization whose vision is to serve as a catalyst and bridge-builder that influences culture and provides solutions to community renewal, development and empowerment. It was established in 2011.
9 Entertainment is an entertainment company, headquartered in Macon, GA, that is known for their soul-stirring plays, concerts and themed parties, serving African Americans and consumers of Black culture since 2005. The company has a long history of giving back to the community and as such, has been organizing these types of events since its inception.
Unity-N-Community Inc’s mission is to improve and provide tools of change and growth for youth & families who face challenging issues in an effort to increase their chances of being successful. The organization was established in 2004.
About the Sponsor
The Middle Georgia Center for Academic Excellence is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to expanding college and post-secondary education opportunities for low-income and potential first-generation college students. Established in 2002, it provides assistance to 1,250 middle and high school students, annually, through Federal TRIO Programs (Talent Search and Upward Bound) designed to help students overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education.
About the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, BCRI reaches more than 150,000 individuals each year through award-winning programs and services.
About Alabama State University
Alabama State University, located in Montgomery, Ala., is a widely respected, world-class institution of higher learning which welcomes students of all races. It offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, from its historic teacher education program to its new, high-demand programs in health sciences, new Ph.D. in microbiology and minor in international business.