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B-CU to Host National Association of African American Honors Programs Conference

Bethune-Cookman University will host the National Association of African American Honors Programs conference Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. 

NAAAHP grants students the opportunity to present scholarly research, network, debate and compete academically each year at its annual conference held every fall. Moreover, students are instructed in the ways of leadership and service by participating in community service, city as text, cultural enrichment, and the annual career and graduate schools expo.

The annual conference brings together honors students, faculty, staff and professionals from HBCUs and PBCUs in the United States. Together, the organization fosters students’ development in an undergraduate environment that promotes scholarship and an appreciation of African-American culture.

On Thursday Oct. 31, the Honors students will participate in an experiential learning presentation on the various constitutive dynamics of Daytona Beach as a place to be presented at the conference’s opening “City as Text: Daytona Beach” session.  This presentation was compiled by honors students at B-CU who studied social geographical, literary theoretical, philosophical and social psychological conceptualizations of place, then using resources held at our campus library, the city municipal library, and the Halifax Historical Society, as well as interviews with local community leaders and historians to formulate a multi-media presentation.  Our BCU honors students will take on the role of docents to lead groups of visiting university programs through the city while explaining its social, economic, historical, architectural, and zoning dynamics.

On Friday Nov. 1, the keynote speaker of the luncheon will be Attorney Gregorio A. Francis.  He began his legal career in 1994 as an associate with a statewide defense firm specializing in medical malpractice defense, nursing home defense and municipal defense.  In 2001, Francis joined the law firm of Morgan & Morgan & Morgan, PA as a partner.  Currently, he is lead counsel in the Black Farmers lawsuit which is the largest civil rights settlement in history.  The National Bar Association, at its 2012 National Convention, awarded Francis the Vince Monroe Townsend Legends award for his accomplishments in the area of Civil Rights.

On Saturday Nov. 2, the students will have their final presentation followed by the closing banquet.  The keynote speaker of the closing banquet will be Charles Brooks, Global Operations Officer for ACE Limited, a global company with more than $92 billion in assets.  He is responsible for a wide range of operational areas across the global organization including information technology, real estate and facilities, procurement, workflow and general business efficiencies.                

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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