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Giving African American students exposure to Historically Black Colleges and Universities was the idea behind the first ever college tour sponsored by the education ministry of Progressive Baptist Church. Seventeen students (grades 9-12) along with eight chaperones from Progressive (and the surrounding community) in St. Paul, Minnesota took this historic step traveling to colleges in Alabama and Georgia.

The tour began in Alabama where students visited Tuskegee University and Alabama State University in Tuskegee and Montgomery, Alabama respectively. The students also visited the George Washington Carver Museum while in Tuskegee. From there the students traveled to Atlanta, Georgia where they visited the three-university consortium of Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark-Atlanta University. The students also visited the Martin Luther King Center where they were exposed to the many contributions made to America (and the world) by Dr. King and how his vision and legacy are as important today as it was over 40 years ago.

Touring these historic educational facilities, speaking with current college students, discussing tuition costs, financial aid, campus life and what high school students can do right now to prepare for college are a few of the experiences the students had. The students even had dinner in Atlanta with Interim St. Paul Schools Superintendent Lou Kanaviti as well as several school board members from St. Paul. Mr. Kanaviti and the school board members were very impressed with the students and the vision of Progressive’s education ministry to coordinate the tour and make it happen. There was interest expressed to help with the college tour in the future.

According to Reverend Dr. Earl F. Miller, Senior Pastor at Progressive Baptist Church, our young people need to be exposed to post-high school educational opportunities. That’s why our education ministry worked so hard to make the goal of taking the students to visit several HBCU’s.

The tour was made possible by a lot of aggressive fundraising on the part of the students. The generosity of over 70 local businesses many members of Progressive Baptist Church community members at large, all helped to support this worthy cause. Progressive is proud to announce that the HBCU college tour will become an annual event. High School students from around the Twin Cities are encouraged to participate in future tours. You do not have to be a member of Progressive to participate.

If you are interested in learning more information about the college tour, participating in future HBCU tours or would like to become a sponsor of this event please, contact JoAnn Clark (clark_parkside, Reverend Miller ( or visit Progressive which is located at 1505 Burns Avenue St. Paul, Minnesota 651.774.5503

The Progressive Baptist Church Education MInistry and PROCEED,Inc. is dedicated in building a foundation of academic excellence for our youth and building leadership skills to assist them in graduating from college.

Progressive Baptist Church College Tour

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