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David Johns to discuss education at NOVA-Manassas

David Johns

David Johns will discuss the importance of supporting the education of African American students “from cradle to career” on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Colgan Theater at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Johns is the former executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The Initiative works across federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African American students.

Free tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/david-johns-presents-for-black-history-month-tickets-31717285254 (or eventbrite.com, search “David Johns”). Attendees without NOVA parking passes can park in the student parking lots (B lots). NOVA-Manassas is located at 10950 Campus Drive, Manassas 20109. To learn more, contact Marcie Schreibman at mschreibman@nvcc.edu.

Johns previously served as a senior education policy advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions under the leadership of Sen. Tom Harkin. Before that, Johns served under the leadership of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. Johns also was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow in the office of Congressman Charles Rangel.

Johns has worked on issues affecting low-income and minority students, neglected youth, and early childhood education, and with Historically Black Colleges and Universities. His research as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow served as a catalyst to identify, disrupt and supplant negative perceptions of black males within academia and society. Johns is committed to volunteer services and maintains an active commitment to improve literacy among adolescent minority males.

Johns earned a master’s degree in sociology and education policy at Teachers College, Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude while teaching elementary school in New York City. He graduated with honors from Columbia University in 2004 with a triple major in English, creative writing and African American studies. Johns was named to the Root100 in both 2014 and 2013, selected as a member of the Ebony Power 100 in 2015, and received an early career award from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2016.

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