UDC News


September 18, 2008






(Washington, D.C.)  National television, radio, and talk show personality

Tavis Smiley will convene close to 1,000 college students from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and area colleges and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) high school students for the Talented Tenth HBCU Tour on Thursday, September 25, 2008 on the UDC campus.  UDC was selected as one of five historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to host the event sponsored by the Navy.


“I created this tour to help enlighten, encourage, and empower young people to think about what their leadership legacy will be and what they can do today that will echo throughout their communities, careers and ultimately throughout history, “said Smiley.


Inspired by the teachings of W.E.B Dubois, Smiley will challenge the students to develop their leadership characteristic through a two-hour interactive discussion on the characteristics of successful role models in the areas of business, religion, public service and academia. 


The tour also includes events held at Bethune-Cookman University, Alabama A&M University, Southern University at Baton Rouge, and South Carolina State University.


WHAT:           Talented Tenth HBCU Tour

WHO:             Tavis Smiley, Author, National television, radio, and talk show host

                        UDC college students, college students from area universities

                        DCPS high school students

WHEN:          Thursday, September 25, 2008

1:00 -3:00 PM

WHERE:        UDC Auditorium, Bldg 46 East

                        4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW

                        Van Ness Metro Stop





            The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities.  The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.  For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.