Taking the stage as the opening keynote speaker, the former mayor of New Orleans attacked a stereotype perpetuated by images in the media that black men fall into one of two categories – remarkable successes on the athletic field or ensnared in the criminal justice system.
Marc Morial, the summit's opening keynote speaker, describes Clements as "a college president with soul and swagger. He's got it all."
"This is a party with a purpose that I love," Joyner said, praising the university for staging the inaugural summit and congratulating the school on the progress it's made in boosting enrollment of African Americans, Latinos and Asians at Clemson.
The Greenville News: The Men of Color National Summit, Thursday and Friday at the TD Convention Center, will bring hundreds of black and Hispanic high school students together with professionals to talk about pathways to higher education.
The Greenville Journal: Clemson University is planning a national summit in Greenville in April to launch a program that could open the door to higher education for students from predominantly minority high schools throughout the Upstate.
The Greenville News: Clemson University is organizing a national summit in Greenville in April that aims to open the door to higher education for students of color and is expected to be attended by more than 1,600 college students, government officials, community activists, educators and industry leaders.
WYFF: Clemson's Office of Inclusion and Equity will present its inaugural Men of Color National Summit, April 27-28 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.