St. Peter’s AME Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota recently hosted the 2015 Martin Luther King Day HBCU Fair where Nekima Levy-Pounds, a professor of law and director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas, gave the keynote address.

“We’re proud to host this annual event that provides a venue for middle and high school students and their parents to learn about college opportunities,” Rev. Nazim B Fakir, pastor of St. Peter’s AME, told MSR News.

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Director of diversity and inclusion at Winona State University, Alexander Hines also gave a presentation, and said he is a living example of how one can turn their academic performance around. Hines stated that he was a ‘below-average’ student in high school, and later went on to earn a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and is now pursuing a doctoral degree.

The fair included a step show performed by members of the Kappa Pi Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Skype sessions with representatives from Johnson C. Smith University and Tennessee State University, and a panel discussion with HBCU graduates.

A hip-hop praise and worship also took place led by Pastor Stacey Jones from Urban Jerusalem Ministry.