Community Forum to Focus on Disparities in Higher Education

The Colorado Black Round Table will host Saturday a community forum on higher education issues facing African Americans as part of its Losing Ground education project.

About a dozen higher education officials will talk about their concerns about and opportunities within the college systems in Colorado. The panel includes the new black president of Community College of Denver, Everette Freeman, and long-time college basketball coach Lonnie Porter.

The I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS Losing Ground series spotlighted the widening gaps in college degrees between white residents and their black and Latino counterparts.  The gaps in Colorado were the largest in the nation.

The series also examined growing inequities in other measures of social progress, including family income, poverty, home ownership and high school graduation rates. Health and justice data analyzed also showed broad inequality.

The meeting will also celebrate Women’s History Month by honoring black women leaders from the Denver area. It will take place on March 15, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Hiawatha Davis Jr. Recreation Center, 3334 Holly St. For more information, contact John Bailey at 720-629-0964

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