Medgar Evers College has partnered with the Code Foundation for the organization’s 3rd Annual Children’s Festival to be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm at St. Andrews Park/Playground located on Herkimer Street (bet. Kingston Ave. – Brooklyn Ave.) in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. This year’s theme is “Put the guns down. We have a nation to Build” – a message targeting the issue of gun violence among youths in disadvantaged communities and motivated by the need to provide interactive information, sharing opportunities, and innovative approaches to youth development. Admission is free and open to the public.
The 3rd Annual Children’s Festival will feature a College ZONE, spearheaded by Medgar Evers College, as well as a Books for Fun tent, health screenings, a financial services showcase, sports contests, nutrition/cooking demonstrations, a back-to-school supplies give – away, and much more. The Hon. Congressman Ed Towns and New York State Senator John Sampson will be present at a special awards ceremony.
The Festival represents diverse institutions, parents, and business leaders collaborating to celebrate our children/young adults while connecting them and their families with vital resources needed. Organizations and business co-sponsors include: Con Edison, Medgar Evers College, PhRMA, MetroPlus Health Plan, WBLS-FM, Addiction Research & Treatment Corp., Urban Resource Institute, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, among others.
Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.