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HUSTON-TILLOTSON COLLEGE INAUGURAL EVENTS INCLUDE
CELEBRITIES’ INDUCTION IN “PATH OF EXCELLENCE”
Austin, TX; October 18, 2001 – Lasting Value™ (www.lastingvalue.com) and Teach One
Entertainment, in conjunction with Huston-Tillotson College, have invited three of the most
prominent African-American people from the world of entertainment to the upcoming
Presidential Inauguration festivities, slated for October 25th through the 28th. Dr. Larry
Earvin will become the fifth president of Huston-Tillotson College during next week’s
events; his presidency will begin with his honoring of MC Hammer, Jheryl Busby and
Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson as the first three inductees in the Huston-Tillotson
College “Path of Excellence.”
The “Path of Excellence” has been created to capture the footprints of global leaders of the
black community so that current and future students of the college can remain cognizant of
the spirit and drive that has propelled those leaders to excellence. The “Path of Excellence”
is intended as an inspiration for students to constantly seek excellence within themselves.
The ceremony will take place at 2:00pm on Friday, October 26th at Huston-Tillotson College.
M.C. Hammer, preeminent recording artist, entertainer and principal in a variety of
entertainment and technology-based business interests, will arrive in Austin to attend the
festivities and speak with the HTC Video Production class which is led by Lasting Value
Communications and Teach 1 Entertainment LVC/T1 principals. Hammer, an ordained
minister, will also officiate during the Inaugural Convocation at 10 a.m. on Friday, October
26th at the college.
Jheryl Busby, former president of Motown Records and executive with DreamWorks
Records will be arriving in Austin from Los Angeles, California to participate in the
Inaugural festivities, as well. Mr. Busby has partnered with basketball legend Earvin “Magic”
Johnson, and music superstar Janet Jackson to acquire the majority interest in Founders
National Bank, the only commercial bank in California owned and operated by African-
Americans. The recent merger of Founders National Bank with Boston Bank of Commerce
and Peoples Bank of Commerce in Miami has created America’s first black-owned national
bank. Busby will join the combined company’s board of directors. Busby, Johnson and
Jackson have also just bought the acclaimed FatBurger hamburger chain.
Former star linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson
returned to Austin following incarceration and rehabilitation for drug offenses. Since then he
has created an investment company, HHH Fifty-Six Management Inc., which Henderson is
the president of and has dedicated his time and efforts to working with youth through
speaking engagements and through the establishment of a non-profit organization called the
East Side Youth Services and Street Outreach program.
About Lasting Value
Lasting Value Communications is a multi-faceted media company focused on education,
entertainment and technology. In addition to its altruistic involvement with Huston-
Tillotson College, LVC sponsors the largest annual international African music festival in the
world, owns several radio stations and is developing positive educational content for internet
About Teach One Entertainment
Teach One Entertainment is a partnership dedicated to the creation of products focused on
life and education-affirming messages primarily targeting young children and the caregivers
working within early childhood education. Those products include music and video
productions developed for radio, television and web broadcast. Teach One Entertainment is
the creator of Thursty the Elephant, a six-foot tall, soft and lovable elephant character
developed to communicate positive messages to young children and to engage the child in all
aspects of their development, i.e. social, cognitive, physical and emotional development.
Thursty reinforces educational concepts to children in a friendly, safe, accepting and loving
About Huston-Tillotson College
Huston-Tillotson College is the oldest institution of higher education in the State of Texas,
with roots of the school dating back to 1875. HTC is an independent, church-related,
historically black institution. It is affiliated with The United Methodist Church, the United
Church of Christ and the United Negro College Fund. The College awards undergraduate
degrees in three divisions: Liberal Studies, Professional Studies and Science and Technology.
Within the divisions, the College offers 15 major areas of study. Huston-Tillotson College
enrolls approximately 600 students each year.