The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: The Lincoln Foundation is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide educational programs that develop and support youth in overcoming achievement barriers.
Their Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars program was created by Dr. Samuel Robinson, President Emeritus, 1990. It's purpose: to serve the educational needs of the academically talented but economically disadvantaged. YOUNG stands for youth ultimate potential organized to understand new goals. The program was named for Dr. Whitney M. Young Sr., graduate and first African American President of the Lincoln Institute. Dr. Whitney Young Jr. is a noted educator, statesman, and human rights advocate.
Since the inception by Berea College over 100 hundred years ago, the Lincoln Foundation has helped disadvantaged youth overcome adversity through education.
Their success rate is commendable over the past five years with a 100% high school graduation rate, a 96% college admittance rate, and 90 undergraduate and graduate college degrees.
Currently, over 200 Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars are enrolled at accredited colleges and universities.
To keep their great program going they host an annual fundraiser. It's the 17th Annual Evening of Jazz. It takes place on Friday, August 24th in the Triple Crown Room at Churchill Downs.
This year's event will feature jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson. The NAACP Image Award nominee released his 12th CD titled, "This is How I Rock" on July 27th.
Johnson says "It is an absolute honor to be associated with such an event. The work that the Lincoln Foundation has done in the Louisville community exemplifies what is needed in the country to continue the ultimate goal of our fore fathers: "To create a more perfect union!". While there is much work to be done, it is comforting to know that the foundation exists and is a living example of "we the people!"
The Lincoln Foundation will present their 2012 Spirit of Excellence Award to Mayor Greg Fischer. He's receiving the honor for making a difference in the lives of youth.
Larry McDonald, President of the Lincoln Foundation says, "Mayor Fischer has been a leader and ambassador for the importance of education and growth of a college-going culture. He is an example of how education and business development equal success."
Some of the past honorees include Mary Gwen Wheeler; Lonnie and Muhammad Ali; Alice and Wade Houston and Owsley Brown Frazier.
The 17th Annual Evening of Jazz will keep off with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program and performance by jazz sensation Marcus Johnson at 7:15 p.m.
Tickets are $100 per person. You can purchase them by calling the Lincoln Foundation's office at 502-585-4733 or go to www.lincolnfdn.org.
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