G'Nite 4.28.2016

VOICES Page 6 When life gives you lemons, make ‘Lemonade’ Gramblinite editors bid goodbye to all 8 Page 4 ART &Page STYLE TRIBUTE Page 8 Paying homage to soul legends who are gone now Thursday, April 28, 2016 VOL. 87, No. 28 Businessman to be graduation speaker STAFF REPORT Thomas Allen Moorehead’s career has taken him down many interesting paths, but his road map on life has remained consistent: Look for ways to help others. A visionary business professional, Moorehead is a mentor to hundreds of African Americans interested in careers in the automobile industry and a philanthropist who has funded scholarships for college students and supported charities targeting underserved communities. Moorehead, a Grambling State alumnus, will speak at the graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, May 13, in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Moorehead earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from then Grambling College in 1966. In 1971, he earned a master of social work degree from the University of Michigan, where he is six credits short of completing a doctoral degree program. Moorehead began his career at the Mobile Corporation and later at the Chrysler Corporation. In 1972, however, he shifted the focus of his career and accepted a position as director of Community Service at the University of Michigan. There, he was responsible for programs that promoted civic participation, built community capacity and enhanced the education process. In 1985, Moorehead’s career took a major turn when he was selected for the General Motors Dealer Training Program. After learning the tricks of the trade at a dealership for three years, he pulled out on his own, opening Moorehead Buick/Isuzu in Omaha, Nebraska. He sold the Omaha store in 1995 and opened Moorehead Buick-GMC Trucks in Decatur, Illinois. There, he developed a national sales campaign and entered into contracts with two national rental car agencies. The revenue-increasing move ushered the dealership into an elite status among African American automobile dealers. In 1998, Moorehead set his sights on higher ground: the BMW brand, the No. 1 foreign luxury car manufacturer. His timing was impeccable. The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) was looking for new dealership sites and minority dealer candidates for BMW. Moorehead was awarded one of the three sites identified in the NAMAD report. BMW had not awarded a franchise in a new territory in two decades. From there, Moorehead acquired a seven-acre site in Sterling, Virginia, often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the East. Moorehead encountered numerous challenges and called upon the fortitude and persistence instilled in him at an early age to endure and conquer the obstacles he confronted daily. He built a 38,500-squarefoot state-of-the-art facility with two separate showrooms for the BMW and Mini Cooper brands. The Moorehead store Moorehead was among the first 70 BMW dealerships in the United States selected to sell the revitalized Mini Cooper brand. See MOOREHEAD, Page 3 Message of hope at Spring Convocation MINIYA SHABAZZ The Gramblinite James Cole Jr. visited Grambling to emphasize the importance of getting a historically black college education. The last convocation of the spring semester took place in the Black and Gold Room on Tuesday. The event was titled, “The President’s Spring Convocation”. Cole currently serves as the delegated duties of deputy secretary, chief operating officer and chief legal officer for the Department of Education. He Cole was the first in his family to graduate from college and is very active with ensuring others, particularly minorities, graduate. Cole began his speech by addressing some of his hardships growing up. His mother died of a heart attack and his father had Alzheimer’s disease. “Someone made the choice to be my keeper,” said Cole. He talked about how there was no hope for him, yet with the help of his high school teacher being his motivation he was able to get a degree in higher education. KANESHA DOUGLAS/The Gramblinite James Cole, deputy secretary of the Department of Education, talks to Grambling State students and other audience members about the place that HBCUs hold in producing African American degree holders. Cole wants graduates from HBCUs to be competitive for whatever job they want to attain. “Our nation’s HBCUs make up only 3 percent of all colleges and universities. They produce 27 percent of African Americans with bachelors degrees,” said Cole. He touched on how HBCUs are addressing the needs of students and are essential to the advancement of the African American race. He wants HBCUs to be known for the wonderful things they have accomplished from their rich history, graduates, and contributions to STEM and society. Cole wants to make the education and teaching field more diverse, specifically more African American male teachers, to give a quality education to students. “The Obama administration has invested billions of dollars each year in HBCUs to help expand their work in institutional research, community outreach, and providing a more high quality college education to all students,” said Cole. Not enough minorities are attending college. His message encouraged the students to FEMA sharing costs of $7M repairs n Woodson to be open by fall; natatorium set for demolition June 1. YA’LISHA GATEWOOD Contributing writer The director of Facilities, Safety and Risk Management said that Grambling State, with the help of Federal Emergency Management Agency, is in the process of repairing the $7 million in damage caused by the March 9 flood. “We are only in Phase One, which is remediation and tear-out of all damages,” said Kevin Tallasken, the new director