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Amplifying HBCUs – A Conversation With Mark Berry, Bobbie Knight & Tony Allen

Amplifying HBCUs – A Conversation With Mark Berry, Bobbie Knight & Tony Allen

Published 03-28-23

Submitted by Southern Company

Across Southern Company, our journey to propel historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) is moving boldly forward. Amplifying, investing in and collaborating with HBCUs allows us to create space and opportunities for students of today to become leaders of tomorrow.

In observance of Black History Month, Mark Berry, senior vice president of research and development for Southern Company Services, moderated a conversation with Bobbie Knight, president of Miles College, and Tony Allen, president of Delaware State University, to offer insight about the impact investments from companies like Southern Company are having on these institutions as well as share how HBCUs are cultivating Black leaders.

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Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy distribution company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience and sustainability, we are taking action to meet customers' and communities' needs while advancing our goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, The Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit

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