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(WREG-TV) Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), will visit LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis on Thursday, April 24, to kick off SchoolSeed’s speaker series.

Toldson will highlight the important role that HBCUs play in advancing the educational success of African American males during the discussion titled “HBCUs and the Achievement Gap: Seeding Success for Black Male Students.”

Toldson also will discuss how HBCUs help change public perceptions, resolve inequities in U.S. public schools that impede academic progress, and promote a more rigorous K-12 curricular pathway. In addition, he will offer his thoughts on best practices for seeding success for black male students.

While in Memphis, Toldson also will engage with students, professors and community leaders in further discussions about the achievement gap and policies, practices and supports that are most effective in addressing barriers to success for African American youth.

SchoolSeed, a nonprofit organization, supports community efforts that positively impact students and teachers in Memphis schools.