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National Association For Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
2243 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. - Washington, D.C. 20007 - Telephone (202) 333-3855

Washington Hilton Hotel
March 25-28, 1982

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Board of Directors

Dr. Prezell R. Robinson
Saint Augustine's College, North Carolina

Vice President
Dr. Luna I. Mishoe
Delaware State College, Delaware

Vice President
Dr. Mable P. McLean
Barber-Scotia College, North Carolina

Vice President
Dr. Theodore Debro
Mississippi Industrial College, Mississippi

Dr. William P. Hytche
University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Maryland

Dr. M. Maceo Nance, Jr.
South Carolina State College South Carolina

Immediate Past President
Dr. Charles A. Lyons, Jr.
Fayetteville State University, North Carolina

Dr. Charles A. Berry, Jr. 
Jarvis Christian College, Texas

Dr. Andrew Billingsley
Morgan State University, Maryland

Dr. Elias Blake, Jr.
Clark College, Georgia

Dr. William A. Butts
Kentucky State University, Kentucky

Dr. James Frank
Lincoln University, Missouri

Dr. Hugh M. Gloster
Morehouse College, Georgia

Dr. William R. Harvey
Hampton Institute, Virginia

Dr. Frederick S. Humphries
Tennessee State University, Tennessee

Dr. R. D. Morrison
Alabama A & M University, Alabama

Dr. Romallus O. Murphy
Shaw College at Detroit, Michigan

Dr. Luns C. Richardson
Morris College, South Carolina

Dr. Willie C. Robinson
Florida Memorial College, Florida

Dr. Jesse N. Stone, Jr.
Southern University System, Louisiana

Dr. George B. Thomas
Voorhees College, South Carolina

Dr. Walter Washington
Alcorn State University, Mississippi

Dr. Samuel L. Myers
Executive Director

Mrs. Wilma J. Roscoe
Executive Associate

Dr. Prezell R. Robinson
Saint Augustine's College
Raleigh, North Carolina

The National Association For Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), founded in 1969, is a nonprofit, voluntary, independent membership organization of the 111 historically and predominantly black colleges and universities enrolling some 200,000 students.  All of the historically black colleges, private and public four-year and two-year institutions, are included in NAFEO's membership.  In addition, a significant number of the newer predominantly black colleges are NAFEO members. Although most institutions are concentrated in the southeastern part of the United States, there are members in other areas; such as, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, California and the Virgin Islands. each institution is personally represented by its president/chancellor in making presentations before the White House, Cabinet Departments, Congress and in interacting with chief executive officers of major corporations. A small staff of highly trained professionals constitutes the Washington Office of the historically black colleges and coordinates the view of these diverse institutions into one articulate and coherent voice for black higher education.

NAFEO's specific objectives are to strengthen historically and predominantly black colleges and to articulate the need for a higher education system where race, income, and previous education are not the determinants of either the quality or quantity of higher education. Its general goal is to assume that national policy is shaped that facilities the flow of black into and out of higher education in order to increase black representation in the mainstream of the professional and managerial areas of our society.

NAFEO responds to numerous requests from Congressmen to testify on proposed legislation affecting Blacks in higher education. The Association has joined with others as amici curiae in presenting briefs before the U.S. Supreme Courts on various issues. It sponsors seminars for Presidents to develop policy papers, workshops for college administrators to address specialized issues, and an annual conference which assembles people from throughout the nation to focus on issues affecting blacks in higher education.

NAFEO will sponsor its Seventh Conference on Blacks in Higher Education at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C., March 26-28. The theme of this year's Conference is "Linkages and Networks for Blacks in Higher Education." This annual Conference is the most important national meeting in America for the discussion of issues affecting Blacks in Higher Education. Each year, hundreds of representatives from academia, Federal and state governmental agencies, private industry, non-profit agencies, and many national foundations and philanthropic organizations meet in Washington to develop new strategies for increasing and enhancing the opportunities for Blacks in Higher Education.

The purpose of this Conference is to provide a forum for nationally acclaimed researchers, scholars, and policymakers--including presidents/chancellors and chief academic officers of historically black colleges--to assemble not only to have dialogue/interaction on this crucial issue, but more important, to develop a unified approach ot meet the higher educational needs of Black Americans and develop proposals for mainstreaming Blacks into the American power structure. This Conference will draw upon the talents and resources of a broad cross-section of expert panelists and nationally renowned speakers.

NAFEO's Seventh National Conference will convene on Churches; the Military; Professional Associations; Civil Right Organizations; Sororities and Fraternities; International Organizations; High Elected and Appointed Public Officials; Hispanic, Native American and other Minorities; Foundations, Corporations and Other Business Groups; Blacks on White Campuses; Black Consulting Groups and Lobbyists; High School Counselors; and Alumni.

The Opening Session will be an intensive meeting of Black leaders from the major educational and civil rights organizations who will address the establishment of a network among Blacks in the interest of higher education for Blacks. Renowned leaders in their respective fields, these panelists will bring to this discussion a wealth of knowledge and keen insights into the many barriers which face Black Americans and thus impede their entry into the mainstream. They will, from first hand experience, assess the prospect for penetrating and ultimately removing the obstacles which have traditionally and historically kept Black Americans outside of the power structure.

The Seventh National Conference promises to be the largest and most unifying in NAFEO's history. In addition, NAFEO will again conduct the Minority Employment Opportunity Center, which will focus on the identification of minorities for positions at the historically and predominantly black colleges/universities.

The historically and predominantly black institutions are a vital national resource and the backbone of black American leadership. These institutions have produced upwards of 70% of all of the black graduates of colleges since the inception of this nation. In the future, they will produce in excess of 300,000 college graduates every 10 years. More than 50% of the nation's black business executives and elected officials are graduates of black colleges, as are 75% of black Americans with Ph.D. degrees, 75% of black military officers, 80& of black Federal judges and 85% of black physicians. Black colleges, founded to serve those who had been severely crippled by slavery and poverty, have continued through the years to elevate disadvantaged youth to creative citizenship.

These institution have made tremendous contributions to our nation and continue to be of vital importance. They have championed the cause of equal opportunity and quality education and have provided this opportunity to those who were denied it, or could not afford it; assumed leadership in the development of techniques for overcoming handicaps of the educationally disadvantaged; served as custodians of archives of black Americans and as centers for the study of the rich cultural contributions of blacks to America; and developed and expanded programs of educational and occupational retraining for minority adults. NAFEO is the only organization representing all the historically and predominantly black institutions and their programs which have made these institutions a vital national resource fostering meaningful participation of blacks in the mainstream of American life. 


Prezell Robinson
NAFEO Board of Directors

Lunci Mishoe
Vice President
NAFEO Board of Directors

Mable McLean
Vice President, NAFEO Board of Directors

Dr. T. Debro, Jr.
Vice President
NAFEO Board of Directors

W. Hytche
NAFEO Board of Directors

Dr. Nance Jr.
Treasurer NAFEO Board of Directors

Dr. Lyons, Jr.
Immediate Past President
NAFEO Board of Directors

Dr. A. Billingsley Jr.
Seventh National Conference Committee

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