St. Representative Sylvester Turner Friday will be encouraging students in his district to commit to excellence and education as part of the 3rd Annual Back to School with the HistoryMakers.
Turner will speak to children at 9 a.m. at M.C. Williams Middle School, 6100 Knox, on Friday, September 28. As a “HistoryMaker,” Rep. Turner will tell his story to the students and explain how education was the key to his success.
“We must keep our young people motivated to stay in school and not only stay in school but to excel,” said Turner. “I plan to share with them how education not only lifted me up out of a life with little, it enabled me to reach a position that I can now help others.”
The 3rd Annual Back to School with the HistoryMakers is a nationwide program with a goal of encouraging students to commit to excellence and to finishing their education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is chairing the nationwide effort with the goal of having nearly 500 black leaders reach out to students in schools in 77 cities and 35 states, in addition to Puerto Rico.
The program puts HistoryMakers in direct contact with over 55,000 students across the nation to tell their stories and to encourage youth to strive for excellence. The HistoryMakers will personally recount their own school experiences and the struggles they encountered on their paths to success and, most importantly, to encourage students to commit to their education.
The HistoryMakers Founder and Executive Director, Julieanna Richardson, says, “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.”