Attendees meet with representatives of historically black colleges and universities at the Betty Mahone Black College Fair, held Sunday in Joliet. (Megann Horstead/For The Times Weekly)
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The Betty Mahone Black College Fair has grown over the years in more ways than one. “It has been inspiring to see so many people from our community come together each year to share their success and help others,” said Betty Mahone, founder of the black college fair and a retired educator. “I cannot stress the importance of young people seeing the members of their community showing an interest and investing time in them. It is so important for our young people to be aware of the resources available to them.” This year, the Betty Mahone Black College Fair celebrated its 25th anniversary. The event provided an opportunity for students to talk with representatives and alumni of more than 20 historically black colleges and universities and obtain valuable information as it regards the availability of scholarships, grants and financial aid. “I know that most of the students who attend the black college fair will not be attending historically black colleges and universities, but I wanted them to be aware of their existence and their great heritage,” Mahone said.