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Ivy Tech hosts discussion with George Taliaferro, first African American drafted by the NFL

Febraury 18, 2010

Bloomington, Ind. Ivy Tech Community College's Bloomington campus, in honor of Black History Month, welcomes George Taliaferro for "Soup and Substance" on Thursday, February 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the student commons. Taliaferro is the first African-American drafted by a National Football League team.

As the leading rusher and an All-American at Indiana University, Taliaferro led the Hoosiers to their only undefeated Big Ten Conference championship. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

Dennis Boateng, Ivy Tech Kinesiology student, says that he is looking forward to learning more about the life of Mr. Taliaferro and his journey as an African American student athlete. "He grew up during a time where racism and prejudice created incredible obstacles both on and off the playing field," he said. "I feel we are very fortunate to welcome him to our campus to share his story."

"Soup and Substance" featuring Taliaferro is hosted by Ivy Tech Diversity and Outreach, and is free and open to the public.

Also in celebration of Black History Month, Ivy Tech will host a live show on campus with Willie Robinson & Rhythm and Blues Band Monday, February 22 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the main campus student commons. Robinson is currently an assistant instructor at Indiana University with the African American Arts Institute and has played gigs throughout the United States. The live music is sponsored by the Ivy Tech Fundamentals of Music Theory class.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public post-secondary institution and one of the nation's largest singly-accredited statewide community college systems with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.