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Formal Naming of the Hank and Billye Suber Aaron Young Scholars Summer Research Institute and Release of Book Honoring Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook

The Cook Center is convening a formal program to celebrate the naming of the Cook Center's annual Young Scholars Summer Research Institute (YSSRI) after Hank and Billye Suber Aaron on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Leaders in community service and philanthropy in Atlanta and beyond, Hank and Billye Suber Aaron have solidified their place in American history with a record-breaking baseball career and as the first African American woman in the Southeast to co-host a regular daily television talk show respectively. The YSSRI Institute is a three-week instructional program sponsored by Cook Center in partnership with the Durham Public School System (DPS) that provides middle and high-school students enrolled in Durham Public Schools (DPS) with training to enhance their writing, research, and presentation skills. Due to the Aaron's unparalleled record as philanthropists and pioneers, the Cook Center can think can think of no one more deserving to have their name affixed to a program dedicated to training the next generation of teachers, researchers and social justice scholars. The formal program will feature a keynote address from theologian, pastor and civic leader, the Reverend Dr. Otis Moss Jr. The event will dually celebrate the legacy of Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook, the first Black faculty member to hold a regular and/or tenured faculty appointment at a historically white southern college or university through the unveiling of a volume, entitled "Roses for the Soul."