National educational leader and child leader of the Civil Rights Movement to speak at Rosa Parks Scholarship Luncheon

National educational leader and child leader of the Civil Rights Movement to speak at Rosa Parks Scholarship Luncheon


Freeman A. Hrabowski III, a former child leader in the Civil Rights Movement who was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will be the guest speaker at the 14th annual Rosa Parks Scholarship Luncheon at Rowan University on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Tickets for the luncheon, which begins at 11 a.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of Rowan’s Chamberlain Student Center, are $50 per person. The luncheon is open to the public.

Proceeds support the Gary Hunter Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a deserving history major in Rowan’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

For tickets, contact Denise Williams, 856-256-4818, or Julie Peterson, 856-256-4596.

Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities and school systems. Under his leadership, UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence.

Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 by TIME Magazine, Hrabowski also was named one of America’s best leaders by U.S. News & World Report in 2008. In 2011, he was named one of seven top American leaders by The Washington Post and the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership at Harvard.

His leadership as a youngster in the Civil Rights Movement  was prominently featured in Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary, Four Little Girls, which told the story of the racially motivated 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Hrabowski grew up in Birmingham in the 1950s and 60s at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

Hrabowski has authored numerous articles and co-authored two books, Beating the Odds and Overcoming the Odds (Oxford University Press), focusing on parenting and high-achieving African American males and females in science. His most recent book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement (Beacon Press, 2015), describes the events and experiences that played a central role in his development as an educator and leader.

Hrabowski graduated at age 19 from Hampton Institute with his mathematics degree. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received his M.A. (mathematics) and four years later his Ph.D. (higher education administration/statistics) at age 24.

He holds honorary degrees from more than 30 institutions, including Harvard, Princeton, Duke, the University of Michigan, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins.