COR Community Development Corporation (CDC) will host President Valerie Ervin of the Ray Charles Foundation and President Mildred Garcia of California State University – Fullerton for a Super Sunday celebration of character building and academic excellence.
The event takes place on Sunday, February 22, at 10:30 a.m., at Christ Our Redeemer (COR) A.M.E. Church, 45 Tesla in Irvine, said Pastor Mark E. Whitlock, Jr., president and CEO of COR CDC.
“During the worship, COR CDC will formally announce a partnership between the Ray Charles Foundation and COR CDC that will result in a 14-week character building program entitled the ‘Ray Charles Fellows’. Simultaneously, President Garcia will announce the California State Universities passion for reaching students in underserved, underrepresented communities,” said Pastor Whitlock.
“This program will also feature civil rights legend Cecil ‘Chip’ Murray, past pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, and current president of USC’s Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement.”
For the last six years, CSU has united with COR CDC to offer a six-week Summer Enrichment Academy featuring the Summer Algebra Institute for 35 minority middle-school students.
“This year, in honor of music legend, Ray Charles, COR CDC will launch the Murray Enrichment Academy (MEA), named after civil rights legend, the Rev. Dr. Cecil ‘Chip’ Murray, featuring the Ray Charles Fellows and Summer Algebra Institute,” shared the Rev. Charles Dorsey, COR CDC executive director.
The inaugural 14-week program will start this June and end on August 30, at 10:30 a.m., at COR A.M.E. Church. The culmination ceremony will acknowledge the students’ improvement. Applications will be available on February 22.
“Many students of color, primarily African American and Hispanic, are matriculating through high school underperforming in core subjects and lacking skills to enter a four-year college institution. As a result, many of these students are predisposed to remedial courses, alternative schools, juvenile hall, or gangs. Our program, the Murray Enrichment Academy featuring Ray Charles Fellows, has the goal of combating this reality,” added the Rev. Dorsey.