The 4th Annual Southern Heritage Classic College Fair – hosted by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services – will be Saturday (Sept. 14th, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Pipkin Building.
"I get as excited about the college fair as I do about the big football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State," Wharton said.
"Exposing our young people to college opportunities is critical because a college degree means opportunities that are not as readily available to those who have no higher education. Also, in today's economy a college degree increases earning potential."
More than 50 colleges and universities will be in attendance, including Jackson State University, Tennessee State University, the University of Memphis, The LeMoyne-Owen College, Middle Tennessee State University, Fisk University, Rust College, the University of Alabama, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Students will have the opportunity to hear from actor Laz Alonso thanks to a sponsorship from Verizon. His appearance is at 2 p.m.
A graduate of Howard University, Alonso has starred in several hit movies including: "The Fast and the Furious," "Deception," "Stomp the Yard," and "Jumping the Broom," which earned him a NAACP Image Award.
"Earning a college education is extremely important for this generation of young people, this is their passport to the middle class and beyond," said James Nelson, special assistant to the Mayor, Office of Youth Services.
"The Classic College Fair and Mr. Alonso's message to our young people will hopefully encourage and inspire our youth to dream big and to take control of their future."
The college fair is free and is held in the Pipkin Building located on Tiger Lane.