Marguerite Tiggs Birt, Ed. D. Rutgers University, Early Childhood Education was sponsored by Director, Carolyn Battle Thomas Esq. of Chicago, Illinois and was one of nine candidates inducted into membership of the Consortium of Doctors, LTD during their 22nd Convention at the Hilton Chicago/ Magnificent Mile Hotel July 25th- 28th.
Dr. Abigail Jordon of Savannah is the esteemed founder of the Consortium. She is responsible for the design, inscription (by Dr. Maya Angelou), and erection of the historic African /American Family Monument at Rousakis Plaza on the Savannah Riverfront.
The mission of the Consortium is to collaborate, empower, network, and exchange ideas as a think tank; discuss ways and means of motivating young African American adults. Other inducted were: • Carol L. Adams, Ph.D. President and CEO, DuSable Museum, Union Graduate School Humanities and Culture • Jennifer Armstrong, Ph. D. University of Illinois Champaign Speech and Language Pathology • Phyllis Qualls- Brooks, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University Higher Education Administration • Maria Leite-Browning. Ph.D. Universidade Federalda Bahia-Brazil Veterinary Science • Marlena Johnson, J.D. John Marshal Law School of Law • Jo-Ann Robinson, Ph. D. North Carolina State University Educational Research and Policy Analysis • Lundeana Thomas, Ph.D. University of Michigan Theatre • Kelly A. Thornton, J.D. Howard University Law
Dr. Birt presented a position paper on violence at the DuSable Museum and participated in the Youth Summit discussion on violence. Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel (Cleopatra)Pendleton parents of Hadiya Pendleton were honored at the luncheon. Hadiya is the 15 year old student that was recognized for outstanding scholarship by Prsident Barack Obama at his 2nd presidential inauguration ceremony. On January 29th, several weeks later she was killed in a park with classmates. Her parents have established The Hadiya Pendleton Foundation 47 W. Polk St. 100-547 Chicago, IL. 60605-2085.
Amanda L. Brit, M.S. Ed joined her mother from New York to be part of the occasion.