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Reaching Back + Moving Forward Free Empowerment Summit

Join TV host Toure and your girl Jazzy T at the free education, health and economic empowerment summit on Thursday, February 27 at The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

Canisius College presents “Reaching Back, Moving Forward” in celebration of Black History Month, sponsored by the college’s Academic Talent Search Program.

CT Vivian, Jazzy T, Toure / Youtube

It’s free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. this Thursday!

The day also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom March and the 20th anniversary of Academic Talent Search at Canisius College.

8:30 a.m.Civil Rights legend Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian leads students in a reenactment of the Freedom March.  Rev. Vivian and students, grades 6 – 12, will march down Franklin Street and into the Convention Center to begin the program.

9:00 a.m.Rev. Vivian, spiritual leader and strategist and Touré, iconic journalist, culture critic and television host, address the audience.  A panel discussion will follow.

Touré is the co-host of The Cycle, which airs on MSNBC, and a columnist for  He is the author of What It Means to Be Black Now. Touré is also working on a book about multi-platinum rapper Nas.

12 p.m. – Hustle for Health with Jazzy T Dance Exercise. Are you up for the challenge?

More breakout sessions will be held throughout the afternoon, including Fun with Science presented by DuPont Yerkes Plant, Career Exploration in Engineering presented by General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant and Engineers to the Rescue presented by the Girl Scouts of Western New York.

For more information, contact the Academic Talent Search Program at Canisius College at 716-888-3280.

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