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Prince George’s Students to Showcase Their Oratory Skills in Honor of President Obama’s 60th Birthday
Virtual Oratorical Contest Highlights Student Presentations of Past Obama Speeches

WHAT: The Charter Committee to Celebrate President Barack Obama has organized a virtual program on August 4, 2021 to showcase Prince George’s County middle-school students competing in this year’s President Barack Obama Legacy Speeches Oratorical Contest.  Students will deliver abbreviated excerpts of past Obama speeches—from pre-presidential oratory to his farewell address.  Grand Prize Winners will be announced in both the individual speech and ensemble speech categories.  Books will be donated to participating school libraries.

WHEN: August 4, 2021, 6 p.m. EDT


Meeting ID: 834 2126 2735

Passcode: 015885


“Shoe Box Gift” Donation Drive

Thank you community members! Since 2018, the Charter Committee to Celebrate President Barack Obama has delivered nearly 400 “shoe box gifts” to charities in Prince George’s County and Washington D.C., serving men, women, and children in need.

WHEN:  August 7, 2021, 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr., Bowie, MD  20716

WHAT: Bring a shoe box decorated in birthday wrap (box and lid wrapped separately) or a gallon storage bag, filled with the recommended items listed below:

1 pair of socks

1 bottle of body wash

1 small lotion

1 stick of deodorant

1 tooth brush

1 tube of tooth paste

(Individual items are also welcomed)

For questions about the “Shoe Box Gift” Donation Drive, contact Bill Ayers at:


These events have been made possible by the generous donations of our sponsors:

Community Leader: Councilman Todd Turner, Prince George’s County Council, District 4

Councilman Derrick Leon Davis, Prince George’s County Council, District 6

Councilman Rodney Streeter, Prince George’s County Council, District 7

Councilwoman Jolene Ivey, Prince George’s County Council, District 5

Change Agent: Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill, Professor & Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland

Youth Advocate: The Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice, & Ethics, University of Maryland

Passports to College, Inc.


Cheryl McLeod

Sunshine Associates 1083

Vivian Mathews

The Prince George’s County Truth Branch,

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Other Supporters:  Panera Bread; Daniel Jones and U.S. Census Bureau, Philadelphia Region; Patriots Technology Training Center.


The Charter Committee to Celebrate President Barack Obama (Charter Committee) is a coalition of community-based organizations and activists, focused on empowering our citizenry through education, awareness and advocacy. Founded in 2017, one of the goals of the Charter Committee is to “teach our youth about the life and legacy of President Obama, 44th President of the United States.”  By promoting programs, such as the annual oratorical contest, students learn more about President Obama, his signature policies, as well as master critical oratory skills.

Today’s Prince George’s County middle school students were infants during the 2008 presidential campaign and historic election of Barack Obama, the first U.S. President of African American heritage.  Current students may not have read much about his life, or have an in-depth understanding of the events that occurred during his tenure as President.  As memories fade and history chisels away at the awesomeness of the Obama Election victory, the Charter Committee will preserve President Obama’s legacy

For questions or general inquiries:




Prince George’s Community College Names Tyson Beale New Vice President for Student Affairs

Prince George’s Community College

LARGO, Md. (July 13, 2021)— Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) announced today the appointment of Dr. Tyson J. Beale as its new Vice President for Student Affairs. Dr. Beale brings nearly 20 years of higher education leadership experience to the role and a proven ability to facilitate remarkable outcomes for students, including individuals from historically underrepresented groups.

Dr. Beale assumes his role on August 16.

As Vice President for Student Affairs at Prince George’s Community College, Dr. Beale will report to the president and serve as a key member of the senior team, leading strategies that support and enhance the overall student experience. He will manage the Student Services area, which includes athletics, college life, enrollment, and student development.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Beale into our community as Vice President for Student Affairs,” said Dr. Falecia Williams, Prince George’s Community College president. “These are equally challenging and exciting times in higher education. Dr. Beale is an innovator who knows first-hand what our students are facing as they work to improve their outcomes and contribute to society in meaningful ways. His depth of knowledge and commitment to fostering a culture of care for both students and employees align directly with the College’s strategic vision, and we are excited to see the growth that will no doubt result from his leadership.”

Dr. Beale has served in a wide capacity of leadership roles, most recently as vice president for student services at Coker University in Hartsville, South Carolina. His proven leadership in strategic direction and continuous assessment yielded improved technology integrations, restructured admissions and enrollment processes, and established operational workflows to maximize desired retention and completion goals for diverse student groups.

Prior to his role at Coker University, Dr. Beale served as dean of students at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in Alexandria, Virginia. There, he guided successful Pathway integrations, navigated advising technologies, and modeled Achieving the Dream principles to address systemic inequities.

“I am thrilled to join PGCC to build upon the great work expressed by students, faculty, and staff,” said Dr. Beale. “I look forward to advancing the notable traditions that make PGCC paramount to the local community and actualize results to strengthen our position in Prince George’s County and beyond. With enthusiasm, I’m honored to join a dedicated team of learners and scholars in the spirit of holistic student supports.”

A proud first-generation college student, Dr. Beale has also held positions at Fayetteville State University (FSU), Morgan State University (MSU), and Baltimore City Schools. While with FSU, he co-wrote a $1.6 million Career Pathways Initiative grant and realigned divisional assessment instruments. His combined roles contribute to him maintaining a familiarity with Prince George’s County and the surrounding region.

Dr. Beale brings ongoing partnership opportunities and recognition from national organizations in the academy, including the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), NASPA Community College Institute (NASPA-CCI), Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA), and National Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP).

He holds Title IX and mediation certifications through the Association for Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and Institutional Compliance Solutions (ICS). Dr. Beale’s recent awards and honors include: TRIO Student Support Services Speaker Series (2021), NOVA Outstanding Service Award (2020), and NASAP’s Sadie M. Yancey Professional Service Award (2017).

Dr. Beale holds a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he completed a phenomenological study on the “Persistence of African American College Men”; Master of Business Administration from Radford University in Radford, Virginia; and Bachelor of Science in social science with a psychology minor from Radford University.

Fall 2021 classes at Prince George’s Community College begin August 23, with flexible learning options that allow students to pursue a degree or credentials on their terms. Scholarship opportunities are available for first-time and returning students. To learn more or to register, contact


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