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CMSD students travel to Canton for Black College Fair (Video)




Just yards away from the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, close to 100 CMSD high school students were making moves toward a successful college career.  

The Black College Fair, hosted Thursday by the Black College Football Hall of Fame, exposed CMSD and other high school students to historically black colleges and universities and all they have to offer.

 "And help them to bridge the gap between what they want to be and where they can go to college,” said Akil Blount, Black College Football Hall of Fame manager. The Black College Football Hall of Fame is located inside the

Pro Football Hall of Fame.  

There are more than 100 HBCUs across the United States. Wilberforce and Central State universities are located in Ohio.  

"This is an amazing experience for all of us," said Myla, an East Tech High School senior. “It is very empowering. It shows us that there are other people out there that can do the things we want to do, and we can follow in their footsteps.” 

Black College Fair

Myla, a East Tech High School Senior speaking with a represenative from a college. 


Students also had the chance to speak with staff at the NFL Hall of Fame.  Blount talked about job opportunities inside the NFL beyond playing. 

“That is the beauty in what we are doing here, is to share different experiences,” said Blount, son of Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount.  

Black College Fair

Students from East Tech High School listening to Pro Football Hall of Fame Employee about job opportunities inside the NFL.


The Cleveland Public Library teamed up with NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame to make the trip possible for the CMSD students.   

"Being able to bring these students here and enrich their lives is something we had to do,” said Felton Thomas, executive director of the Cleveland Public Library. 

Close to 100 students in middle school also went to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and attended educational classes.  

The library and the Black College Football Hall of Fame are also making it possible for CMSD students to attend the Black College Football Classic on Sunday when Grambling State University and Tennessee State University will play at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.