For the first time in its history, Johnson C. Smith University will publish what officials are calling a “community engagement magazine.”

The 22-page magazine will tell stories of how JCSU faculty, staff and students are involved in Charlotte, said its editor Benny L. Smith. The concept was developed by the school’s president, Ronald Carter.

The magazine is part of a larger effort to raise the school’s visibility. The university will print 12,000 copies.

“This is a great opportunity for us not only to inform the Charlotte community, but remind ourselves how much we contribute to Charlotte’s social capital,” Smith said.

The magazine will be a special edition of the school’s Bulletin magazine, which is published twice a year. It will be published Feb. 27, during CIAA week.

In other JCSU news: The school will be featured in an upcoming CNN series “Black In America 2,” which takes a hard look at African Americans life.

Anchor Don Lemon will moderate a town hall forum during the CIAA tournament next Thursday, the Charlotte Observer reports. The event is open only to current students and faculty.

CNN staff also will tour the campus and interview students.

“This will be a wonderful chance to tell our story,” Smith was quoted as saying in the Observer.

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