Historically black college fair draws hundreds

(Photo: TINA MACINTYRE-YEE /@tyee23/staff) More than 900 high school students from Rochester, its suburbs, Buffalo and Syracuse attended the historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) fair on Monday. By 9 a.m. students formed long lines to get an appointment to speak with a college or university representative at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, while several hundred waited in Empire Hall South for the start of the United Negro College Fund's Empower Me Tour. "This is about hope and opportunity," Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden said, "kids need to see themselves in a particular way." McFadden said this has been a labor of love, something he and others started working on 10 years ago. In its first year they had seven colleges and 700 students and the day after it ended he and the other volunteers got together to try and make it better. The past two years they city of Rochester, Rochester School District and United Negro College Fund have partnered to bring the fair to Rochester with help from sponsors Target and Wells Fargo, he said. Over 900 students looking to attend a historically black college or university came to the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center for the a college fair...

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