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New College for African-American Males to Host Fund-raising Reception

CHICAGO- In national fund-raising efforts for Bay Ridge Christian College, a new college for African-American males, Bay Ridge will hold its second annual Chicago reception June 26, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Langley Ave. Church of God 6157 S. Langley Ave, in Chicago, Illinois. The fund-raising reception is part of a national tour of major cities, including Houston, Atlanta, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Miami and Los Angeles.

The event’s purpose is to aid in the development and restructuring of Bay Ridge Christian College as a residential junior college for African-American males. The “green” campus will be built in phases over the next five years and promises to be a state-of-the-art educational facility that will allow for small “smart” classroom instruction, academic villages, residential housing, career programs and athletic facilities.

The Bay Ridge campus is located 40 miles from Houston and will provide an excellent environment for our young men to live and learn the academic and positive social skills that will prepare them to succeed at four-year colleges and universities and in the world of work. Bay Ridge Christian College is a 57-year-old educational institution founded in Union, Mississippi, in 1953 during the Civil Rights Era to provide educational opportunities for African-Americans in skilled trades, general education and religious studies. Because of racial violence, the school relocated to Kendleton, Texas, and boasts of alumni serving in America and Africa.

It is the goal of Bay Ridge to launch the movement to build a world-class facility and innovative academic programming for African-American males. The college is planning to open for 300 to 500 students in the fall of 2012.

Morehouse College is the only other institution of higher education that focuses solely on preparing young Black men to succeed. Dr. Simmons, the college’s President, cites the most pertinent reason why he’s restructuring the college: “Considering the investment America has made in the penal system, we are poised to offset this trend by investing in these young men who face so many barriers while pursuing the American dream.” Compared with the tremendous cost of incarcerating African-American males, the cost of a college education is miniscule.

For more information, please contact Dr. Simmons at (281)750- 6277 or visit www.bayridgecollege.org

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