North Carolina Newspapers

Vol. 61, No. 2
Circulation 2,200
The Compass
The student Newspaper of Elizabetti City State University
Elizabeth Qty, NC
May, 2000
Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D,
Commencement Speaker
Kimbro Group
Dennis Kimbro, 130tli Commencement
By Artelia Covington
Since 1985, Dennis Kimbro has
combed the country interviewing
many of Black America's most not
able achievers. Dr. Kimbro, 49, is a
New Jersey native who has lived in
Atlanta for the past 17 years. He
received his doctorate from
Northwestern University where he
studied wealth an d poverty among
underdeveloped countries.
In 1984, Dr. Kimbro began his
examination of poverty and how
people deal with and escape it, in
particular African-Americans.
Eventually his speculations led him
to this question: How can impover
ished black Americans pull them
selves out of their poverty and reach
their full potential?
To broaden and enhance his work.
Dr. Kimbro studied the research
methods of Napoleon Hill, author
of the phenomenal best seller
"Think and Grow Rich." Using this
as a reference. Dr. Kimbro decided
to do what Hill had done in the
1930's. He developed a survey to
use among peak performing black
Two years later, Kimbro learned
from the Hill Foundation that Hill
himself had drafted a book in 1970
that explored the same topic. After
a personal meeting with W. Clement
Stone, president of the Napoleon
Hill Foundation, Dr. Kimbro was
commissioned to update and com
plete Hill's original manuscript.
"Think and Grow Rich: A Black
Choice," are the results of Dr.
Kimbro's and Hill's efforts.
The work distills the secrets of
success contained in the lives of
scores of black Americans, and
reveals how the reader can use
them to make his or her dreams
come true.
Dr. Kimbro's writings have
influenced readers from as far as
Melbourne, Australia and
Johannesburg, South Africa, to the
boardrooms of General Motors,
Walt Disney Corp., and LaFace
Records. He has appeared on the
Today Show, Larry King Live!,
CNN, and has been featured in
such magazines as Success, Black
Enterprise, Ebony, Essence, as well
as the New York Times and USA
Today on many occasions to share
the keys of success and
One of Dr. Kimbro's highest hon
ors occurred when he was request
ed to keynote "An American
Classic: Grambling State
University's Coach Eddie
Robinson's farewell tribute." Other
works Dr. Kimbro have to his credit
are: "Daily Motivations for African
American Success," and his most
recent book, "What Makes the
Great Great: Strategies for
Extraordinary Achievement," a best
Dr. Kimbro resides in Decatur,
Georgia, with his wife Patricia anci
their three daughters. His honors
include various awards bestowed
by the business community. Who's
who in Black America, as well as
the Dale Carnegie "Personal
Achievement" award. As one of
the few certified Napoleon Hill
Science of Success trainers. Dr.
Kimbro has served as a national
judge for the prestigious Ernst
&Young USA Today Entrepreneur
of the Year conference held annual
ly in Palm Springs, California.
Emerge Magazine Editor IVIakes History
By Artelia Covington
George E. Curry, editor-in-chief of
Emerge magazine, made history
recently on May 2 when he became
president of the American Society of
Magazine Editors (ASME). Curry is
the first African-American and non-
New York editor to hold the associa
tion's top position.
The American Society of Magazine
Editors was organized in 1963 as the
successor to the editorial committee
of the Magazine Publishers of
America (MPA). It has more than
900 members, all holding top posi
tions at consumer and business
magazines edited, published and
sold in the United States.
In addition to putting on the
National Magazine Awards, it co
sponsors the annual American
Magazine Conference with the
Magazine Publishers Association,
operates an internship program for
college students with member maga
zines, and sponsors seminars and
lunch programs for its membership.
As Curry prepares to assume lea
dership of the prestigious organiza
tion, he has outlined an agenda to
help ensure that the world of maga
zine publishing continues to thrive,
while striving to be more inclusive
and aware of the need for diversity
in newsrooms.
"In 1970, I could get a job with
Sports Illustrated, the largest sports
magazine in the world, but I
couldn't get a job at my hometown
newspaper in Tuscaloosa, Alabama,
" Curry recalls. "Now 30 years later.
I've been elected president of the
American Society of Magazine
Editors. We've come a long way in
30 years, but we still have a long
way to go."
"The complexion of our nation is
rapidly changing," said Curry. "If
the magazine publishing world
wishes to continue to flourish, it is of
paramount importance that news
rooms accurately reflect the commu
nities that they serve."
Curry also plans on working to
develop a closer relationship between
Please See Curry, Page 7
Emerge Magazine
George Curry, Emerge IVIagazine

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