Centre’s Martin Luther King, Jr. convocation to feature journalist Betty Bayé
Centre College will host its annual community convocation honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19, in Newlin Hall. This year’s convocation will feature keynote speaker Betty Bayé, a celebrated journalist, published novelist and lifelong activist, whose message will look to Dr. King’s important contributions to inspire a new generation of young activists.
Known for her hard-hitting commentaries on race, politics, social justice and African-American history, Bayé is one of the nation’s most respected journalists, attracting a loyal audience throughout her distinguished career as a voice for civil rights.
Most notably, her work as an editorial writer and columnist at the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., has led to multiple honors for her contributions in journalism, including the President’s Award “for 27 years of outstanding journalism and editorial writing” by the Louisville Branch of the NAACP. In 2013, she was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Region IV Hall of Fame.
Beyond the newsroom, Bayé’s influence on civil rights discussions is evidenced through her national presence as a noted speaker, published author and frequent commentator on National Public Radio. She has also served as a researcher and writer for the Africans in the Americas series sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Journalism.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Bayé received her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, City University of New York and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She later was a recipient of a Nieman Fellowship, a prestigious honor for mid-career journalists, which allowed her to study at Harvard University.
The community convocation will be held Monday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Newlin Hall. Prior to Bayé’s remarks, performances will be provided by the Male Choir of Danville’s First Baptist Church and Centre’s Moments in Motion dance group.
by Amy Wise