South Cobb High School will host the school’s second annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Panel for parents and students at 6:00 p.m. on October 10 in the South Cobb Theater.
The event, which is titled The HBCU Experience: The Life, The Legacy, and The Love, is designed for students in grades 9 to 12. The panel will feature different alumni from various HBCU schools, including Cobb County School District Chief School Leadership Officer Sherri Hill, who will represent her HBCU.
Other panelists will represent Alcorn State University, N.C. Central University, Xavier University, Dillard University, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Florida A&M University, Spelman College, Bethune-Cookman University, Jackson State University, Tuskegee University, Norfolk State University, Tennessee State University, and Southern University.
South Cobb hosted the first HBCU panel last year to help expose students to schools that they may not necessarily hear about.
Because of the reactions of students and parents, South Cobb staff decided to hold the HBCU event again this year. They expect about 100 students and parents to attend thanks to the school’s partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Zeta Omega Chapter, and the PEARL Foundation.
“As the graduate of a non-HBCU and now the mother of an 11th-grade young man, the opportunity to have our son hear the benefits of higher learning at an HBCU was an impactful experience for him,” South Cobb parent Tasha K. Hurley said about last year’s event. “Each panelist brought a perspective of how their journeys lead them from high school to higher learning. Each panelist presented a unique educational trajectory from the ‘high-achieving, self-motivated scholar’ to the student who struggled to maintain a C average.”
Hurley encouraged all South Cobb parents to take advantage of the HBCU educational event. She credited the event with helping her son understand that college is attainable for everyone who has the dedication and drive to pursue a higher education.