Tuskegee University 4-H Program delegates visit national capital, meet Rep. Sewell


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (July 29, 2013) — Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension 4-H Program sponsored ten 4-H delegates to attend the 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus Program held July 14-22 in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the conference is to help shape teens into tomorrow’s leaders. The weeklong program is for youth ages 14 to 19. Tuskegee University 4-H delegates joined nearly 200 4-H participants from South Carolina, Texas, Oregon, Georgia and Mississippi to learn about the culture and history of our nation’s capital. 

Delegates also used Washington D.C. as a living classroom to learn about the history of the nation; leaders who have shaped this country; and their personal role in civic affairs, nationally and locally. Tours included a night view of the most famous monuments and memorials. The group also went to the Library of Congress, the United States Supreme Court, Mount Vernon, the Washington National Cathedral, and Arlington National Cemetery, where they observed the changing of the guards. While at Arlington, they visited the graves of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Luke Weathers, Jr., and Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr.

The delegation also spent a day at the U.S. Capitol and met with U.S. Rep Terri Sewell, Alabama 7th Congressional District. The delegates also met with U.S. astronaut, Thomas Marshburn, from Georgia. He spoke to the group about his five- month mission in space. The delegates also met the former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. 

On Delegation Day, the Tuskegee 4-H delegation toured the Smithsonian Institute Museums, attended cultural events and visited other notable sites in and around the District of Columbia. The conference ended with the delegates participating in a "Mock Congressional Session," where they voted on bills and developed an action plan to start a Tuskegee University 4-H Mentoring program in their school and community. 

The Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension 4-H delegation was organized under the leadership of Prosper K. Doamekpor, state youth development specialist for the Tuskegee Cooperative Extension Program. For further information on the Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension 4-H program, call 334-724-4406.

Group Photo of Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension 4-Hers with Congresswoman Terri Sewell and U.S. Astronaut Thomas Marshburn. Tuskegee 4-Hers visit with Congresswoman Terri Sewell-7th Congressional District and U.S. astronaut, Thomas Marshburn, from Georgia on Capitol Hill July 14-22, during the 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington D.C. Left to Right : Jermelle Custer- chaperone and Youth Extension Paraprofessional project assistant with Tuskegee Cooperative Extension 4-H Program, Kobe Tolbert, Brianna Jones, Faith Jackson, De'Ondra Robinson, Sewell, Marshburn, Kirsten King, Jamari Tyler, Kendall King, Eliot Player, Jessica Harris, and Rosalind James - chaperone and regional extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Tuskegee 4-Her Kobe Tolbert presents Tuskegee University cap to Congresswoman Terri Sewell during visit to Capitol Hill on July 17 during 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus Trip in DC. Left to right: Kobe Tolbert presenting the hat to Sewell. Back row: Jamri Tyler, Raymon Hall. Front row: Brianna Jones, Kirsten King, Kendall King, Elliot Player, and Jessica Harris. The trip was sponsored by the Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension 4-H program. Tuskegee University T-shirts and hats were donated by the Tuskegee University Office of the President.

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