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Black College Tour Enriches Lives

Young people explore paths to success

11/12/2019, 12:21 p.m.
Local nonprofit helps young people meet challenges, overcome obstacles
Fourteen students from Parkrose, DeLaSalle North and Jefferson high schools visit Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama as part of a just concluded Black College Tour of historic black colleges and historic sites organized by Portland educator and mentor Dr. Audrey Terrell and the Dr. Audrey Terrell Institute, a non-profit geared to helping young people meet life challenges and overcome obstacles. Photo Courtesy Dr. Audrey Terrrell Institute

Fourteen black students from Portland area high schools explored paths to achieving their dreams by visiting historically black colleges and universities and other historic sites last month as part of a Black College Tour sponsored by the Dr. Audrey Terrell Institute, a local nonprofit helping people meet life challenges and overcoming obstacles.

The students from Parkrose, DeLaSalle North and Jefferson high schools toured Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala., and Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, and Spelman College in Atlanta. They also attended the Morehouse and Spelman homecoming celebrations, crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., and toured the Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King tomb, preserved within the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, and the Ebernezer Baptist Church, also in Atlanta and where Rev. Martin Luther King preached.

A special thanks went out to the parents who helped make the tour a success, including Babatunde Azubuike, program coordinator of Freedom To Thrive; Tina Turner Morfitt, president of the Oregon Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; Dr. Rosemary Daniels, retired principal and a supervisor of teachers at the University of Portland; Tony Brown, host of Straighttalk TV and to Nike.

The Dr. Audrey Terrell Institute is making plans for the next Black College Tour to be in North Carolina in 2020.