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Verizon celebrates Black History Month

Kelsie Bonaparte Special to the AmNews | 6/6/2013, 3:35 p.m.
Verizon Wireless is celebrating Black History Month with education, positivity and prizes. Verizon Wireless, provider...
Verizon celebrates Black History Month

Verizon Wireless is celebrating Black History Month with education, positivity and prizes. Verizon Wireless, provider of America's 4G LTE network, has initiated "A Day in the Life of a History Maker" for high school students.

The program is in partnership with UNCF, Get Schooled and Teacher Planet.

"Verizon Wireless is committed to the African-American segment and we love celebrating Black History Month with the community," said Fernando Molinar, director of multicultural marketing at Verizon Wireless.

The program was designed to motivate and inspire high school students across the New York metropolitan region by teaming up with today's most powerful African- American history makers.

"Yes, it's about celebrating the past, but it's also modern-day... [there are] a lot of key African- American history makers now. We wanted it to be relevant for the students," said Molinar.

On Valentine's Day, Terrence J, co-host of BET's show "106 and Park," visited the Verizon Wireless Harlem store to meet and take photos with students in the community. "It's very important to celebrate Black history.

I think when you look at from where we have come as a race, it's very admirable and we have a long way to go. When you have programs like this and big companies like Verizon that want to support it, I think it's important that we come out to support our communities."

Students who want to participate in the program are asked to submit a 500-word essay by March 31 to www.verizoninsider.com/blackhistory explaining how they plan to make history.

There will be five winners who will meet and spend a day in the life with Amber Riley, star of the hit TV series "Glee."

Students can also nominate their high school and vote to win a visit from Riley until Feb. 29. The school with the most votes will win, and voting is unlimited.

"I think as people who are in the public spotlight, it's very important to give back, anytime I can lend my talent to do something positive I always try to do that inspire others," said Terrence J.

For more information on the contest, follow Verizon Wireless on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.