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CAMBRIDGE MA -- Geoffrey Canada, the President and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone, will deliver the 2013 Graduation Address at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), it was announced today by HKS Dean David T. Ellwood. Canada will speak to graduates and their families during the afternoon of Wednesday, May 29.
For more than 30 years Canada has been nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform. He was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News and World Report in 2005 and was awarded the Medal for Education Impact by the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in March 2012.
Harlem Children's Zone is a pioneering non-profit organization designed to help children – from birth through college – to succeed by offering a range of educational, social-service and community-building programs for neighborhood families. The Zone Project now covers 100 blocks and aims to serve more than 10,000 children. The New York Times Magazine has called it "one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time." Canada has served as president and CEO of the organization since 1990.
"Geoffrey Canada is a visionary leader whose dedication, passion and skill has brought hope and change to children and families throughout Harlem," said Ellwood. "We look forward to hearing his wisdom and inspiration when he addresses the members of the Harvard Kennedy School’s graduating Class of 2013.”
Journalists interested in covering the address should contact the Kennedy School Communications Office at (617) 495-1115.