Evening Briefing – April 6, 2021


Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat, listens to students speak about their experiences with gun violence during the The Gun Violence Prevention Task Force panel Wednesday afternoon in May 2018.
FAMU Alumnus, Rep. Alcee Hastings dies

Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, a civil rights activist and the longest-serving member of Florida’s congressional delegation, has died, his chief of staff Lale M. Morrison told CNN on Tuesday. He was 84. (CNN)

UiPath, today announced it has partnered with seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to help train students
Automation software company launches national HBCU partnership

As more organizations invest in digital software technologies like automation, UiPath is committed to democratizing RPA technology and skills so all people can be successful in the Future of Work. The company’s Academic Alliance partnerships with HBCUs bring workforce development opportunities, along with skills, training, and knowledge, to HBCU students so they not only thrive in digitally led work environments, but also shape them.

UiPath has partnered with HBCUs including Clark Atlanta University, Grambling State University, Jackson State University, Stillman College, Texas Southern University, Tuskegee University, and Winston Salem University. (Black Star News)

Deion Sanders
Deion Sanders had hand in SWAC’s Pepsi deal

Deion Sanders and Jackson State suffered a loss on Saturday, but they just helped the school’s conference secure a big win off the field.

Pepsi and the SWAC have reached an agreement that will make the soft drink company the official beverage sponsor for basketball and football championship games. It’s a three-year deal and a part of the company’s initiative titled “Racial Equity Journey.” (HBCU Gameday)

HEAT and Florida Memorial Partnership Press Conference
Miami Heat Joins Florida Memorial for leadership and development program

The Miami HEAT has teamed up with Florida Memorial University to launch a Leadership & Development program. The mission of the program is to prepare college students to become young professionals who can impact and be of value early in their careers through the implementation of a professional curriculum, roundtables, and mentorship program. (NBA)