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Davidson Professor Gives Talk at NBCSL Conference 2000

December 7, 2000
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

by Alexandra Obregon '00

Rudy Jackson
Rudy Jackson

A group of 200 young African-Americans recently learned about the importance of being "online" thanks to Rudy Jackson, assistant professor of education at Davidson College.

Jackson delivered the Youth Congress luncheon address at the twenty-fourth annual legislative conference of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), held in Charlotte on Wednesday, November 27.

The event, which was attended by African-American youth from the Charlotte area along with NBCSL members from across the country, was part of the NBCSL Conference 2000, "African-Americans in the Digital Age: Equity and Access."

In his talk, entitled "The digital divide: You can either play or get played," Jackson pointed out that African-Americans do not use the Internet as much as other groups. He encouraged African-American youth to get involved in technology and computers, and make use of the information available to them on the Internet.

Specifically, Jackson pointed students to online resources with helpful information about college admissions, financial aid, job hunting, and potential employers. He also encouraged those without computers at home to use the resources available at their school library or local community center, or use a computer at a friend's house.

Along with his luncheon talk, Jackson also participated in a panel discussion for the NBCSL Committee on Post Secondary Education focusing on the retention of African-American students and faculty in higher education.

Founded in 1977, the NBCSL is made up of nearly 600 state senators, representatives, and delegates from 44 states. Its primary mission is to develop, conduct and promote educational, research, and training programs designed to enhance the effectiveness of its members as they consider legislation and issues of public policy which impact the general welfare of African-Americans.

Jackson became involved with the organization through professional relationships with NBCSL Executive Director Khalid Abdullah, as well as local legislators in Virginia and North Carolina.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by "U.S. News and World Report" magazine.

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