Tavis Smiley kicks off HBCU leadership tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Talk show host Tavis Smiley is
kicking off in Florida his tour of historically black colleges and
universities, speaking about issues of leadership.

It's dubbed Talented Tenth HBCU Tour, based on the writings of
W.E.B. Du Bois that emphasize the need to develop a crop of leaders
through education.

Smiley will be speaking at Bethune-Cookman University on Friday.
He'll talk about the characteristics of successful role models in
public service, religion, academia and business.

Later this fall, Smiley plans to visit Alabama A&M University,
the University of the District of Columbia, Southern University at
Baton Rouge and South Carolina State University.

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