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In an effort to building a stronger presence in our communities, 105.9 Kiss is honored to be apart of the  “5th Annual Back to School with the HistoryMakers” program.  The goal of the program is to build upon the success of last year by bringing African American leaders into schools to see things firsthand and speak to and hopefully motivate students directly! Also, to raise awareness of the achievements of accomplished African Americans in our communities as well as the self-esteem and career options of our youth.

The Back to School with the HistoryMakers Program is Friday, September 26th, 2014. The theme of the day is “COMMIT”.  Black leaders will recount their own school experiences and the struggles that they encountered on their paths to success. They will also encourage students to take a pledge to COMMIT to their education.

Back to School with the HistoryMakers program will take place in 200 schools in 30 states and 61 cities across the U.S., including 5 schools in the Detroit area.

Back To School With The HistoryMakers, a brain child of Julieanna Richardson, Founder & Executive Director of The ‘HistoryMakers’ which is the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive, was developed to help combat this ongoing crisis.

To learn more about Back To School With The HistoryMakers please visit their website here.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Tom  A. Goss, Insurance chief executive and athletic director and one of our HistoryMakers in Detroit. Listen to our interview, find out why Mr. Goss wanted to participate in the “5th Annual Back to School with the HistoryMakers” program and how he hopes to inspire and encourage our kids in Detroit!


Detroit, let’s go Back to School and get to know ‘HistoryMaker’ Tom A. Goss:

Insurance chief executive and athletic director Tom A. Goss was born on July 6, 1946 in Knoxville,

Tennessee. In 1968, he received his B.S. degree in education from the University of Michigan, where he was

named to the all-Big Ten football team. From 1970 to 1993, Goss worked in executive positions at R. J.

Reynolds Industries, Del Monte Corporation, Faygo Beverages, and National Beverage Corporation. In 1993,

he was named president and chief operating officer of PIA Merchandising, and in 1997, he established and

became managing partner/advisor of The Goss Group, Inc. That same year, he applied for and was hired as

the first African American athletic director of the University of Michigan. In 2000, Goss resigned from the

University of Michigan and became chairman of The Goss Group, Inc. In 2001, The Goss Group, Marsh Inc.

and the GMAC Insurance Group established Goss LLC, where he also serves as chairman.

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