Embracing Our Youth, Our Heritage and Celebrating All Cultures
FAIRFAX COUNTY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COX,
CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Public invited to free program – “Embracing Our Youth, Our Heritage and
Celebrating All Cultures”
Fairfax County, in partnership with Cox, invites the public to attend a free program – titled “Embracing Our Youth, Our Heritage and Celebrating All Cultures” – in celebration of Black History Month. The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2011, in the Fairfax County Government Center Auditorium. A free reception will be available starting at 6 p.m.
“Cox is pleased to be a huge supporter of Fairfax County Government’s Black History Month celebration again this year,” says Dianne Earley, Vice President, Cox Media Virginia. “In addition to our overarching commitment to diversity – which is part of the fabric of who we are as a company – we have many internal and external programs that seek to embrace diversity and multiculturalism in our workplace and in the greater business environment. Our program, in partnership with Fairfax County, is an important part of that commitment.”
This year’s program will include a keynote speech by Vice Admiral David L. Brewer, III (retired) and performances by local choirs, step team, and dance troupes.
Keynote Speaker Vice Admiral David L. Brewer III Biography
Vice Admiral David L. Brewer III, USN (Retired) served his country for over 35 years in the United States Navy. Upon retirement from the Navy, Vice Admiral Brewer continued his service to our nation when he was selected as the 46th Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in November 2006, where he served until December 2008.
Vice Admiral Brewer espouses the philosophy that a leader’s success is ultimately manifested in the success that he or she engenders in those who follow in his or her footsteps. Under his leadership as the commander of the 17 ship Amphibious Group Three, an unprecedented eight of his commanding officers were eventually promoted to Flag rank (admiral). His leadership philosophy was featured in the book Love Leadership by John Hope Bryant.
In October 2006, Vice Admiral Brewer was unanimously selected by the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education to become the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the US with over 700,000 students. Espousing the philosophy that everyone in the community has a responsibility for the education of our youth, he formed historic partnerships with businesses via the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Community College District, the Mayor inspired Partnership for LA Schools, the Los Angeles Urban League, Thomas Bradley Foundation, University of Southern California, and Loyola Marymount University. During his two-year tenure, LAUSD had its highest academic gains in five years, after four years of declining academic gains; the highest academic gains among the major school districts in Calif; passed the largest school bond in U.S. history - $7 Billion – with a voter approval of nearly 69%; reduced the dropout rate a record 17% (one of the largest declines in Calif), thus retaining more students, resulting in the largest 12th grade enrollment in almost 30 years; and, increased graduation rates.
Vice Admiral Brewer continues to serve the youth of our nation as a national board member of Everybody Wins! USA (EWUSA). EWUSA is a national literacy and mentorship program in which Senator Ted Kennedy participated until his death. He is also the Los Angeles Community Co-Chair of the 5 Million Kids initiative, which will teach 5 million youth, their parents and teachers financial literacy – the language of money, free enterprise capitalism and entrepreneurship.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with more than 6 million total residential and commercial customers. The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services in affiliation with Sprint (NYSE: S). Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses. Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com, www.coxbusiness.com, and www.coxmedia.com.
For more information about the event, please call Emma Marshall with the Department of Family Services at 703-324-7483, TTY 703-222-9452. Media Contact: Mike Leone at 703-480-4916