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The RNC Hosts Black History Luncheon at B-CU

The RNC Will Host Its 4th Annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards Luncheon Saluting The Honorable Alphonso Jackson, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, on Thursday, February 4th at Noon
Reince Priebus, RNC Chair; Sharon Day, RNC Co-Chair; and Governor Rick Scott Are Expected to Attend

RNC Jackson

February 3, 2016 – Daytona Beach, Fla.- Bethune-Cookman University will welcome the Republican National Committee (RNC) for their 4th Annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards Luncheon this Thursday at noon.  This year, the RNC will celebrate the Honorable Alphonso Jackson, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; the theme for the event is ‘Pursuing the Promise.’  Governor Rick Scott is expected to attend the luncheon, along with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and co-chair, Sharon Day.  B-CU’s President Edison O. Jackson will be on program to offer greetings to tomorrow’s special guests.   The luncheon will be held at the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center (698 W. International Speedway Blvd. - Daytona Beach).

“This Black History Month we celebrate, honor, and reflect upon the contributions that African Americans have made in shaping our great nation and the significant role they have played in the Republican Party,” Chairman Priebus said.  Secretary Alphonso Jackson was appointed the 13th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in March 2004. Nominated by President George W. Bush, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate based on his strong background in housing and community development and expertise in finance and management.  Prior to his appointment as Secretary, Jackson served as the Deputy Secretary of HUD, managing the daily operations of the $32 billion agency.

Secretary Alphonso Jackson joined First Data in January 2015 as their Senior Advisor with a primary focus on strengthening First Data’s relationships with government entities and maximizing business opportunities in the sector.  Secretary Jackson holds a BA degree in political science and a master’s in education administration from Truman State University. He also received a law degree from Washington University School of Law.   Secretary Jackson and his wife Marcia are the parents of two grown daughters.  

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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