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MUCH NEEDED ‘BACK TO SCHOOL WITH THE HISTORYMAKERS’ PROGRAM BRINGS AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADER, MARCUS MCCRAVEN, TO CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Chicago (September, 2013) – While Marcus McCraven was a student at Howard University, he became interested in studying engineering owing to his access to the day-to-day affairs of a distant relative’s construction firm. McCravenearned a degree in electrical engineering, and later went on to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he designed the digital diagnostic system for gathering data during nuclear tests. McCravenwas on the team that armed the first hydrogen bomb and conducted the first test of the hydrogen bomb in Bikini Atoll.
On Friday, September 27, 2013,students at Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology will hear about Marcus McCraven’s life story, as he joins more than 500 African American HistoryMakersacross the nation for the 4th AnnualBack to School With TheHistoryMakers program, encouraging students to COMMIT to excellence in their education.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is chairing the nationwide effort with the goal of having more than 500 black leaders go “back to school” in 68 cities and 30 states.
The theme of the day is COMMIT, and black leaders will recount their own school experiences and the struggles that they encountered on their paths to success. They will also encourage students to COMMIT to their education.
TheHistoryMakersFounder and Executive Director, Julieanna Richardson, states: “By bringing these living leaders into today’s educational system, we are raising awareness about the achievements of the accomplished African Americans in local communities and bringing these leaders into schools to see things firsthand, while providing important role models for today’s youth.”
Schools participating in the event will receive a free one-year membership to The HistoryMakers’ digital archive, which includes extensive easy to access interviews with 445 individuals.
Last year’s successful Back to School With The HistoryMakersprogram sent nearly 500 of our HistoryMakers into schools in 77 cities and 35 states, including 101 year old “Bloody Sunday” civil rights pioneer, Amelia Boynton Robinson, neo soul artists Kindred the Family Soul (FatinDantzler and AjaGraydon), singer and actress Freda Charcelia Payne, and actor Harry J. Lennix. Many of theHistoryMakers have now adopted a school, one of the goals of the initiative.
The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit dedicated to recording and preserving the personal histories of well-known and unsung African Americans. To date, the organization has interviewed over 2,000 HistoryMakers, with the goal of creating an archive of 5,000 interviews (30,000 hours) for the establishment of a one-of-a-kind digitalarchive.