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San Bernardino's PAL Center holds 10th annual golf tournament

The passion that flows from the heart of Dr. Mildred Henry was seeded many years ago, in Pine Bluff Arkansas.

Dr. Henry has been the CEO of (PAL) Provisional Accelerated Learning Center for 25 years. The education center recently held it’s 10th annual ‘George K. Lee’ Golf Tournament to raise awareness and funds for the students.

More than just a golf tournament, Dr. Henry’s commitment to young people is without measure. As a young girl in southern Arkansas, she recalls how her family had to buy a house in town, in order to go to school.

Dr. Henry reminds all of us that in those days, a family’s economic situation was directly tied to educational opportunity. Her family was fortunate to have a cotton gin and a small store, which helped to create new opportunities for the children.

“Most of the folks couldn’t afford the means to leave the farm and go to town” said Dr. Henry. “The busses would simply speed by and pass up the poor Black kids, leaving them in the Arkansas dust”.

Attending unequal and segregated schools, Dr. Henry is not only a survivor, she and her family have flourished in the field of education. The family boasts three MA’s and two Phd’s among them. Very impressive by any standard.

Today, the Provisional Accelerated Learning Center is the beneficiary of Dr. Henry’s lifetime of commitment to our young people. In the spirit of opportunity, the center provides a curriculum for (grades 9-12) a high school diploma and a variety of other services.

The PAL Center also assists students attain their GED certificate.

In addition the (WIA Program) or Workforce Investment Act, directed by Ms. Jacqueline White, is a successful vocational umbrella program for young adults, ages 19-21.

The golf tournament was a success and the dream continues. As this years graduates walk across the stage on Thursday night, they may not realize the historical struggle that has preceded them. They are the beneficiary of the relentless love and dedication of the little girl from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Dr. Mildred Henry.

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