Meet Tenn State Alum Danny Glover, Bernie Sanders’ National HBCU Outreach Director



NBCBLK recently spoke with Danny D. Glover, the campaign’s National Historically Black Colleges and University’s Outreach Director, who’s spearheading initiative. He spoke about plans to visit about 10 HBCUs and why Sanders’ populist message resonates with minority students.

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John Morgan Resign as TBR President, Slam Haslem’s Plan


Just as it seemed that Governor Haslem plan for each TBR 4 year institution to have their own governing board, John Morgan resigned.  John Morgan deemed Haslem’s plan unworkable and not even clear.

Haslem for a long time has pretty much had support to push any legislation through finally received some push back. Memphis and MTSU have been quoted as saying that they are excited for the plan. TSU, APSU, Tenn Tech, and ETSU have been really quiet since those smaller schools just don’t have the political leverage to implement change.

Haslem’s plan hits the Congress floor next week. We will see if the members support it.




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Tenn State Alumni Swahili Inspired Wedding Is Stunning!


On the campus of Tennessee State University, Saida caught Kenny’s attention. Though it wasn’t until after both graduated and found themselves in each other’s presence at a mutual friend’s dinner did the two meet and sparks began to fly. Cut to four years later, the beautiful couple wed on September 5, 2015 in Nashville, not too far from Kenny’s very casual and personable proposal.

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Haslam Announces FOCUS Act Transition Task Force


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the members of the transition task force to offer guidance on the proposed Focus On College and University Success (FOCUS) Act during the legislative process and potential implementation if approved by the General Assembly. Comprised of higher education leaders and professionals, the transition task force will have two components: a steering committee to provide high level implementation guidance to the governor and a working group that will offer technical assistance and report back to the steering committee. “The Drive to 55 is changing the landscape for Tennessee students and public higher education in our state,” Haslam said. “The conversation has brought us to this point: making sure our colleges and universities are aligned in support of student success, and I want to thank these leaders and professionals from Tennessee higher education for helping work through the details of this proposal.” As charged by the steering committee, the working group will research implementation issues and provide detailed recommendations to increase efficiency in data systems, policy processes and other issues involving state higher education alignment. Drive to 55 Executive Director Mike Krause will chair the working group, which will also include: Dr. Mary Lou Apple, Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) member, former Motlow State Community College president Dr. Keith Carver, University of Tennessee (UT), executive assistant to the president Dr. Russ Deaton, Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) interim executive director Dr. Tristan Denley, TBR vice chancellor for academic affairs David Gregory, TBR vice chancellor of administration Dr. Brian Noland, East Tennessee State University president Roland Rayner, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis director

The transition steering committee is charged with evaluating key operational areas that will need adjusting under the FOCUS plan announced last week and ensuring all sectors of Tennessee public higher education are positioned to maximize student success under the new governance structure. Haslam will chair the steering committee and serve with the following appointees: Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) House Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) Emily Reynolds, TBR vice chair John Morgan, TBR chancellor Evan Cope, THEC chair Dr. Russ Deaton, THEC interim executive director Raja Jubran, UT Board of Trustees vice chair Dr. Joe DiPietro, UT president Dr. Glenda Glover, Tennessee State University president Dr. Sidney McPhee, Middle Tennessee State University president Dr. Brian Noland, ETSU president Dr. Phil Oldham, Tennessee Technological University president Dr. David Rudd, University of Memphis president Dr. Alisa White, Austin Peay State University president

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Family Seeks Justice After Son Killed At TSU


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A month since Cameron Selmon was gunned down on the campus of Tennessee State University, his parents have traveled hours from Memphis, on several occasions, seeking justice.

“We’re going to keep doing it, keep hitting the ground doing whatever we have to do,” said Stacia Payne, Selmon’s mother. “We have looks like 30 to 40 family members and friends here, so we’re here.”

On Sunday, Cameron’s family braved the cold to hand out fliers to anyone they could.

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Rep. LaDawn Blackett Jones Speaks on the Proposal of the Freedom Bell in Stone Mountain Park

“I knew that something was coming, I was just hoping that something would include the flag coming down as well,” said Rep. LaDawn Jones, (D) Atlanta.

Jones said she met with Stone Mountain Memorial Association following her call last spring for a boycott of the park because it flies the confederate flag.

Her words sparked protests…. and counter-protests at the park over the summer.  But, the proposal for the Freedom Bell doesn’t address the flag issue… and adds another element.

“Dr. King was not a part of the civil war era, but I think including that is still showing progress,” said Jones. “It doesn’t have to be monument directly of Dr. King, but showing that liberty to starting to come to Georgia, I don’t think that’s a bad idea.”

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