As a child, Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and loved solving math problems. He was limited to learning from the hand-me-down resources his school provided. After hearing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak at church, he wanted to get involved in the civil rights movement to create equality in education. In May of 1963, at the age of 12, he marched in the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, joining other school children to protest their unfair treatment.
During his 2013 TED Talk, Hrabowski spoke about the lesson he learned after marching, being arrested and put in jail – that children can be empowered to take ownership of their education. He understood that one moment could create change for future generations.
Today, Hrabowski is the President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His research and publications focus on science and math with an emphasis on minority participation and performance. Now the university leads the country in African American students who complete their M.D./Ph.Ds, and the innovation UMBC has used to redesign courses is being noted nationally as a model to follow.
Hobsons is honored to announce that Hrabowski will be our 2016 Hobsons University keynote speaker and we look forward to learning more about his work in helping students achieve their higher education goals.