Tavis Smiley toTap Emerging Leaders at SC State

Friday, November 7, 2008

Five-City Fall Tour Hosted by Tavis Smiley Aims to Identify and Empower Rising Leaders Attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Tavis Smiley on PBS and The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI, political commentator and author, will visit five HBCU campuses to present a lecture tour entitled the “Talented Tenth HBCU Tour” presented by US Navy. During this tour he will make a stop on the campus of SC State.

WHAT: Tavis Smiley will lead a two-hour interactive discussion with a question and answer segment on the principles of leadership. The goal behind this lecture tour is to help students develop the skills needed to become effective leaders at their schools, in their communities, and the world.

Smiley will provide students with the characteristics of successful leadership role models in the areas of business, public service, religion, and academia. The tour and discussion sessions are designed to motivate students to think about how they can build their own legacy of leadership.

Smiley’s lecture will not only address the future of Black leadership, but its existing issues and challenges while placing emphasis on examples of ethical, effective and transformational leadership for emerging leaders. The title sponsor, U.S. Navy, will host a “Leadership by Example” for up to 50 students per campus.

WHEN: “The Talented Tenth HBCU Tour” with Tavis Smiley will commence at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, 2008.
WHERE: Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium on the campus of SC State University

Media members wishing to cover this event should contact Erica S. Prioleau, Director, University Relations & Marketing (803)533-3617, (803)378-1407(cell) esprioleau@scsu.edu or Tameka Kenan, Assistant Director of Marketing, University Relations and Marketing (803) 536-8333 tkenan@scsu.edu

CONTACT: Smiley will be available for interviews at the event. For more information please contact Ginger Campbell at (323)933-4155 or at (213)760-7414 (cell).

COST: Free and open to the public (must register online at www.tavistalks.com)