Hundreds of parents, educators, community organizers and local celebrities rallied together inside the Cosby Auditorium of Spelman College as a call-to-action to improve parental involvement in their child’s education. The Box Tops for Education ® Town Hall, sponsored by Walmart and Honey Nut Cheerios®, and presented by BET Networks, took place January 24, 2013 and will premiere via webcast on BET.com Monday, February 4.
Left to right: Lamar and Ronnie Tyler of Black and Married with Kids; City of Atlanta Chief of Staff Candace L. Byrd; BET Networks Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility Sonia Lockett; MSNBC Contributor and Politic365.com Executive Editor Jeff Johnson; actress Nicole Ari Parker; BET's "Real Husbands of Hollywood" star Boris Kodjoe; Grammy Award-Winning Artist Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas; Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum; Box Tops for Education Brand Manager Tommy Hillman; and Sharonda L. Britton, Director of Marketing for Walmart. (Photo: General Mills, Inc.)
Viewers can visit btfe.com/townhall to access the webcast and watch as MSNBC contributor and executive editor of Politic365.com Jeff Johnson moderate a rousing discussion among panelists, including Spelman College president Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, and Box Tops for Education brand manager Tommy Hillman shared a broad perspective on how a child’s academic success benefits our society. BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star Boris Kodjoe and his wife, actress Nicole Ari Parker, and Grammy Award-Winning artist and mom Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, also shared anecdotes about innovative ways of educating their children.
“When my son gets good grades, I get animated. I get excited,” said Chilli. “And when I’m excited, he gets excited. I’ll take him somewhere during the weekend to hang out. We have to make them work for it.”