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Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to Speak at Marshall Center's Black History Month Program Feb. 16
What: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will host a Black History Month program from 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 in Building 4200, Morris Auditorium. Freeman Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will be the keynote speaker. Media is invited to attend.

Who: Born in Birmingham, Hrabowski has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and universities and school systems nationally.

He cofounded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program in 1988. The program is open to all high-achieving students committed to pursuing advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering, and advancing under-represented minorities in these fields.

As a child, he was an activist during the civil rights movement, and was featured in Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary, "Four Little Girls," about the 1963 racially motivated bombing of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Hrabowski has received many honors during his career. In 2011, he received the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and College Retirement Equities Fund, or TIAA-CREF, Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Academic Leadership Award, recognized by many as the nation’s highest awards among higher-education leaders. He also was named one of seven "Top American Leaders" in 2011 by The Washington Post and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. In 2009, Time magazine named him one of America’s "10 Best College Presidents." In 2008, he was named one of "America’s Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report.

When: 10-11:30 a.m. CST, Feb. 16

Where: Building 4200, Morris Auditorium
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

To attend: News media interested in attending the events should contact Angela Storey in Marshall's Public & Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 4 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Media must report to the Redstone Arsenal Joint Visitor Control Center at Gate 9, Interstate 565 interchange at Rideout Road/Research Park Boulevard. Vehicles are subject to a security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance. Visitor parking is available in front of Building 4200 on the southwest side.

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