Centre College will reflect on the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during its annual community convocation on Monday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. in Newlin Hall at the College’s Norton Center for the Arts.
This year’s event will feature keynote speaker and House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly Rep. Stacey Abrams, the first woman to lead either party in the Assembly and the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives. Her convocation address, “The Resilience of Memory,” will explore how King’s legacy endures and continues to inspire.
One of six children, Abrams grew up in Mississippi with working-class parents who taught the value of public service and civic engagement at a young age. After her family moved to Georgia, she attended Spelman College and was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar. Abrams received a Masters degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Abrams’ professional career as a tax attorney led her to Atlanta, where she was later appointed Deputy City Attorney. She has also founded a number of businesses, including NOW Corporation, a financial services firm that specializes in providing access to capital for small businesses.
In 2012, Abrams received the prestigious John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, which honors an elected official under 40 whose work demonstrates the impact of service to the community as a way of addressing public challenges. Among many other distinctions, she was recognized nationally as one of the 2014 Public Officials of the Year by Governing magazine as well as one of the “12 Rising Legislators to Watch.” Also in 2014, she received the inaugural Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award from EMILY’s List, in addition to being named an Aspen Rodel Fellow and a Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow.
In preparation for Monday’s convocation, Centre will host a campus screening of Ava Duvernay’s critically acclaimed 2014 film “Selma” on Friday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. in Vahlkamp Theater in Crounse Hall.
IF YOU GO
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
“The Resilience of Memory”
featuring Rep. Stacey Abrams Georgia State Representative
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts
Open to the public
by Amy Clark Wise
January 12, 2017