SOURCE: Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

June 06, 2013 17:44 ET

Recording Artists Kenny Lattimore and MC Lyte Team Up With the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to Launch a Youth Empowerment Initiative in South Africa

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - June 06, 2013) - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), in collaboration with Valiant Innovative Creations, will launch its newest program, iLEAD - South Africa, June 10-16, 2013 in Johannesburg. International singer, Kenny Lattimore and Hip Hop Artist and Youth Activist, MC Lyte are amongst an impressive list of American and South Africa corporate and community leaders and celebrity talent who will participate in this week-long program.

The iLEAD - South Africa Tour is the newest component of the TMCF Payne Global Initiative, a program named after TMCF Founder, Dr. N. Joyce Payne. This international tour in South Africa is designed to empower young people through a series of panel discussions and events surrounding five core attributes required for success: Inspiration, Leadership, Education, Aspiration, and Determination. A team of diverse, multi-talented professionals will provide first-hand testimonies to young people that will inspire and motivate them to be the next generation of global leaders.

"What an opportunity to join the other celebrities on this tour and be part of TMCF's iLEAD - South Africa," said international singer Kenny Lattimore. "As an entertainer who has been very fortunate, it is important that I give back to inspire the youth in South Africa as they prepare to make critical life choices. I hope other celebrities will step up and support initiatives like this."

At no cost to attendees, over 1,000 student (grades 7-12 and college students), teachers, parents, and the community will participate in forums, panel discussions, and a celebrity meet and greet during the five-day tour. Sponsors and partners of the event include: Valiant Innovative Creations, FedEx, Motlholotlholo Consulting, SABC 1, Stratica Group, Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, and The Black Gents of Hollywood.

"As an entertainer and entrepreneur, I have spent my life finding ways to motivate the next generation," said Hip Hop Legend and Youth Activist MC Lyte. "I am extremely excited about joining this tour and being a part of the TMCF initiative in South Africa. I encourage other celebrities to use their star power for great initiatives like this one."

iLEAD - South Africa will be an annual program held during the commemoration of Youth Month in South Africa. The goal is to expand the program into other countries to include the United States. 

"International collaborations, like TMCF's iLEAD - South Africa program, continue to further extend our footprint in the international education arena," said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. "We are excited to collaborate with partners in other countries to open doors for exchange between TMCF member-schools and students from all over the world -- engaging them in the opportunities offered by TMCF and the nation's public HBCUs."

A Press Conference is scheduled for June 10, 2013 in Johannesburg at The Venue, Melrose Arch. For more information on iLEAD - South Africa and program details, visit Media Contact for TMCF: Tangie Newborn,, 301-526-9017


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities-access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization and for more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit:

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