The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity is convening a formal program to celebrate the naming of the Cook Center’s annual Young Scholars Summer Research Institute after Hank and Billye Suber Aaron on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Leaders in community service and philanthropy in Atlanta and beyond, Hank and Billye Suber Aaron have solidified their place in American history with a record-breaking baseball career and as the first African American woman in the Southeast to co-host a regular daily television talk show respectively. The Aarons are resolute in their commitment to higher education; Mrs. Billye Suber Aaron and her husband co-founded the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation, a philanthropic trust that offers grants to children to assist them in developing their talents and chasing their dreams, and, more recently, endowed scholarship funds for college students totaling more than $1 million. The Young Scholars Summer Research Institute is a three-week instructional program sponsored by the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity in partnership with the Durham Public School System (DPS) that provides middle and high-school students enrolled in Durham Public Schools (DPS) with training to enhance their writing, research, and presentation skills. Due to the Aaron’s unparalleled record as philanthropists and pioneers, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity can think can think of no one more deserving to have their name affixed to a program dedicated to training the next generation of teachers, researchers and social justice scholars. The formal program will feature a keynote address from theologian, pastor and civic leader, the Reverend Dr. Otis Moss Jr. The event will dually celebrate the legacy of Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook, the first Black faculty member to hold a regular and/or tenured faculty appointment at a historically white southern college or university through the unveiling of a volume, entitled Roses for the Soul, which celebrates the warmth of relationships Dr. Cook developed with students throughout his career. The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity looks forward to celebrating this momentous occasion in both the history of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and of Duke University.
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Nasher Museum of Art - 2001 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705