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Baltimore Students to Take ‘Wakanda Challenge’ at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Event

Sept. 12, 2018
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906
Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

WHAT: At the annual meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the nation’s largest gathering of black elected officials, about 100 students from Baltimore City’s Dunbar High School will participate in an event called the STEAM Revolt Youth Workshop: Wakanda Design Challenge. In this interactive contest, students, who are part of Dunbar’s P-TECH college prep program, will create a new Avengers superhero with ties to African culture.

The designs will be ranked by judges including the author of the first Black Panther novel, Jesse J. Holland, and Ruth E. Carter, a costume designer for Black Panther.

Congressional representatives will attend and welcome the students.

WHEN: Noon to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Media credentials required: https://www.eventscribe.com/2018/ALC/pressRoom.asp

BACKGROUND: The Dunbar students participating are part of the P-TECH program, short for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The program, launched in Baltimore in 2016, is designed to create clear pathways to both higher education and employment. Students in the program graduate from high school with a no-cost associate’s degree by augmenting their regular high school courses with community college classes.

Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital are partners in the effort.

Johns Hopkins is also a sponsor of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s legislative conference.

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