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AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN EVENT SCHEDULED AT HOSTOS TO HIGHLIGHT BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Friday, February 1, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - Special Keynote Reader, Stanley E. Grayson, will be the guest of honor at the 24th African American Read-In scheduled for Monday, February 4. This free event will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Savoy Multipurpose Room and will surely be a highlight to the college’s Black History Month celebration.

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, Black Male Initiative, and the Office of the President at Hostos, this event is an important part of the nation-wide ‘Read-in’ organized by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and NCTE.

Grayson was one of the young men profiled in the book, Fraternity, by Diane Brady. The true story is set in 1968 and recounts the tale of Reverend John Brooks, a professor of theology at the College of the Holy Cross, who shared Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of an integrated society. After Dr. King’s assassination, the book explores Reverend Brook’s mission to recruit African American high school students to the college - young men he felt had the potential to succeed if given an opportunity.

Among the 20 students he had a hand in recruiting that year were: Clarence Thomas, the future Supreme Court Justice; Edward P. Jones, who would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature; and Theodore Wells, who would become one of the nation’s most successful defense attorneys. Many of the others went on to become stars in their fields as well.

The Read-in will be co-facilitated by Professor Cynthia Jones, lecturer in the Hostos English Department and Mr. David Johnson, director of the Black Male Initiative at Hostos.  The event was organized by the Black History Month planning committee and the Center for Teaching and Learning.  For more information about the event send a note to ctl@hostos.cuny.edu.

About Stanley E. Grayson:

Prior to joining M. R. Beal & Company, Mr. Grayson was the Managing Director and Manager of the Public Finance Department of Prudential Securities Incorporated and member of the firm’s Operating Council. From 1990 through 1996, Mr. Grayson was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Municipal Bond Department’s Infrastructure and General Banking Group.

Immediately preceding his investment-banking career, Mr. Grayson served as Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economic Development for the City of New York. As Deputy Mayor, Mr. Grayson was responsible for formulating and guiding the City’s policies to expand economic activity, retain and create jobs, attract new businesses, increase the local tax base, and maintain and improve the City’s business climate and condition. As Deputy Mayor, he oversaw the City’s Finance Department, Department of Employment and four economic development agencies:  The Office of Business Development, The Department of Ports and Trade, The Public Development Corporation, and The Financial Services Corporation.

Previously, Mr. Grayson served as the City’s Finance Commissioner, Commissioner and Chairman of Financial Services Corporation, Chairman of the City’s Industrial Development Agency, and was a member of the Law Department of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in New York City, where he specialized in the areas of corporate finance and securities investments.

Mr. Grayson is a retired member of the New York State Bar, and serves on the Board of Directors of TD Bank, N.J., New York Catholic Charities, The Alliance for Downtown Business, The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) and the New York State Small Business Advisory Board.

About Hostos Community College:

Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu

Media Contact:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872, 718-518-6513

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