Monday, February 7, 2011

Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. will be the featured speaker for Talladega College’s Black History Month convocation

Talladega, Alabama—The Honorable Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. will be the featured speaker for Talladega College’s Black History Month convocation on Thursday, February 10th. Talladega College will join in the national celebration of accomplishments and the impact of blacks on American history during this commemoration scheduled for 1:00 pm Thursday afternoon in DeForest Chapel on the campus.

Mayor Bell is the 33rd mayor of the city and he’s also ranked as one of the longest serving public officials in Birmingham. During his public service, Bell became the first African-American President of the Birmingham City Council in 1985 while serving his third term. He also served as the City Council President in 1987 and 1997. Then in 1999, he advanced and became the Interim Mayor of Birmingham. Some of Bell’s major accomplishments include: assisting in the funding of a fitness track and a mini-park at Legion Field; and the establishing of the first Hope VI Project in downtown Birmingham that converted a local inner city housing development and made it become an affordable, mixed housing community. Mayor Bell has also acquired over $197 million dollars for Birmingham schools, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) received an excess of $87 million dollars plus for capital improvements during the mayor’s tenure.

Mayor William A. Bell, Sr.He received a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Guidance Counseling from UAB, and he has a doctorate in Jurisprudence from Miles Law School in Birmingham. Mayor Bell is married to Dr. Sharon Carson Bell and they have 2 children who graduated from the Birmingham City School system and from UAB.

The public is invited to come hear Mayor Bell on the campus. For more information, please contact the Office of the President at (256) 761-6212. For more upcoming Black History month events at the College, please go to:

Talladega College, founded in 1867, is Alabama's oldest historically black private college and among the oldest liberal arts colleges in the nation. Located in the historic district of the city of Talladega, Alabama, the college offers a range of degrees in four divisions: Business and Administration, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences and Education.

Talladega College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees; and the school holds several institutional memberships. For more information visit # # #

Talladega College 627 West Battle Street Talladega, AL 35160 256.362.0206 (Main Number) 256-761-6235 (Admissions)

Released On: Monday, February 07, 2011 Nicola Lawler Office of Public Relations 256-761-6207

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