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Cynthia E. Griffin- | 2/24/2010, 8 p.m.

In an effort to help African American students and their families understand what it takes to get into college, the California State University system will hold its fifth "Super Sunday" at 90 churches around the state.
During the programs, CSU leaders including the chancellor, trustees, presidents, students and others will speak with students and community members about how to apply to the state's 23 CSU campuses as well as how to obtain financial aid.
Officials will talk about the need to begin preparing for college as soon as middle school, and urge youngsters to enroll in challenging classes that help prepare them for higher education.
Super Sunday is just one part of the CSU's African American Initiative that is designed to help more Black students qualify for college. Other elements of the program include setting up a six-week summer algebra institute for students and training education counselors in participating churches on how to help students who are interested in college.
Churches that are interested in being part of Super Sunday in the future, should visit the web site http://calstate.edu/supersunday.
The following Southern California Churches are participating in the program and will feature speakers on Feb. 28:
Antioch Church of Long Beach, Long Beach Polytechnic High School Auditorium, 1600 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. Speaker: Reggie Blaylock, San Diego State University at 11 a.m.
Bethel AME Church, 7900 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, Speaker: Mark Hartley, CSU San Bernardino, at 7:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Bryant Temple AME Church, 2525 W. Vernon Ave., Los Angeles. Speaker: Darryl Hamm, CSU Chancellor's Office 11:15 a.m.
Christ Our Redeemer AME 46 Maxwell, Irvine. Speaker: Tony Ross, CSU Los Angeles at 10:30 a.m.
Crenshaw Christian Center, 7901 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Speaker: Mildred García, president CSU Dominguez Hills at 10 a.m.
Full Harvest International, 18355 Figueroa St., Gardena. Speaker: Kevin Hatcher, Cal State San Bernardino at 8:30 a.m.
Glory Christian Fellowship International, 225 W. Torrance Blvd. Suite D., Carson, Speaker: Paul J. Zingg, president CSU Chico at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Grant AME Church, 10435 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles: Speaker: Lorena Penaloza, CSUCO and Joy Masha, CSUDH associated student body president at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Holy Trinity AME Church, 200 E. 68th St., Long Beach. Speaker: Corion Lucas, CSU Long Beach at 9:30 a.m.
Love and Unity Church of God in Christ, 1840 S. Wilmington Ave., Compton. Speaker: Milton A. Gordon, president CSU Fullerton at 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Maranatha Community Church, 3800 Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles. Speaker: Jorge Haynes, CSU chancellor's office at 10 a.m.
New Covenant Baptist Church, 10843 Kenney St., Norwalk. Speaker: James M. Rosser, president CSU Los Angeles at 8 a.m.
New Philadelphia AME Church, 19100 Susana Rd., Rancho Dominguez. Speaker: Jolene Koester, President, CSU Northridge at 7:45 a.m. and at 10:45 a.m.
Price Chapel AME Church, 4000 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles. Speaker: Tanisha Washington, Hearst Scholar at 11 a.m.
Second AME Church, 5500 S. Hoover St. Los Angeles. Speaker: Jim Blackburn, CSU chancellor's office at 7:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Trinity Baptist Church, 2040 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles. Speaker: Eric Moore, Educate California at 10:30 a.m.
Tower of Faith Church, 4323 E. Rosecrans Ave., Compton. Speaker: Horace Mitchell, president CSU Bakersfield at 10 a.m.
Ward AME Church, 1177 W. 25th St., Los Angeles. Speaker: Trustee Lou Monville, CSU Board of Trustees at 10 a.m.
West Angeles Cathedral, 3045 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles. Speaker: Trustee Herb Carter Chair, CSU Board of Trustees at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Youth Meeting, Speaker Dr. Phil Bailey, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at 9 a.m.