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  1. motivation in the music


    Photos by OCTAVIO JONES | Times

    John Legend, multiple Grammy winner, had a simple message Thursday for the 11th annual Black, Brown & College Bound Summit in Tampa: "Change is possible.'' Legend, the keynote speaker, also performed for the crowd of about 700. At left, Adan Martinez, 17, a student at Gibbs High …

    “Change is possible,” said award winning recording artist and activist John Legend, speaking about the importance of higher education during his keynote speech at the 11th annual Black, Brown & College Bound Summit at the Tampa Convention Center on Thursday.  In 2006, Hillsborough Community College held the first Black, Brown & College Bound Summit in Tampa to address the national problem of a lack of student success, in particular among African-American and Hispanic males. According to the Hillsborough Community College website, the goals of the summit are to provide information about successful strategies, explore mentoring programs that enable the success of young men and to provide the latest research on methods higher education institutions can employ to increase access, persistence, retention and graduation rates. An estimated 700 people attended the luncheon with John Legend.
  2. As transgender restroom issue heads to high court, local school districts wait for more direction


    TAMPA — Last year's federal instructions allowing transgender students to use school restrooms that match their gender identity touched off a brief culture war in the Hillsborough County public schools and around the nation.

    Photo illustration. [Times files]
  3. Hooper: Bethune portrayal underscores importance of Black History Month


    She stepped up to the stage after the dynamic speaker shared her thoughts on education, on race, on creating one of Florida's most prestigious historically black colleges.

    Evelyn Bethune, the granddaughter of legendary educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune, poses with Ersula Odom and Ashley Robertson, curator/director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation. Odom portrays Mary McLeod Bethune and received an endorsement from both Bethune and Robertson after a recent performance in Daytona Beach.