African American leaders head back to school to inspire students

On Friday, September 27, 2013 civil rights leader Ernest Green of “The Little Rock Nine,” astronaut and medical scientist Bernard Harris, actor James Avery from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and other prominent African American leaders will participate in the 4th Annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program with a goal to encourage students to commit to excellence and to finishing their education.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is chairing the nationwide effort with the goal of having more than 500 black leaders go “back to school” in 68 cities and 30 states. The HistoryMakers will personally recount their own school experiences and the struggles that they encountered on their paths to success and, most importantly, to encourage students to COMMIT to their education.

Educators are invited to use The HistoryMakers’ digital archive ( to explore the contributions of African Americans across the globe. This year, schools participating in the event will receive a free one-year membership for the digital archive, which includes interviews with over 600 HistoryMakers.

For more information, visit The HistoryMakers website at, and
The HistoryMakers Educationpage at