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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Nicola Lawler
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Talladega, Alabama—On Thursday, January 20, 2011, Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins, faculty, staff, and students will march across the campus in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to attend a convocation. The convocation marks the annual celebration that the college hosts to commemorate the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader and world-changer, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The freedom march will begin in the parking lot of the administration building, Sumner Hall, on ML King Drive on the Talladega College campus.

The featured speaker for the event is Dr. Belle S. Wheelan. Dr. Wheelan is the president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), which is the governing body for accreditation of southeastern colleges and universities in the U.S. Dr. Wheelan has over 30 years of experience in the education arena and multiple times she has set a new standard as the first African-American, and/or the first woman in her positions. She was awarded the honor as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, DC by the Washingtonian Magazine. Dr. Wheelan is the first African-American and the first woman to oversee the SACS commission.

Dr. Wheelan’s educational background spans the following: a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Trinity University in Texas; a Master’s degree in Developmental Educational Psychology from Louisiana State University; and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin; and additionally she has four honorary degrees. Over the years she’s served as a provost, college president and Secretary of Education. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the American College Testing, Inc., American Association of Community Colleges’ board of directors, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the President’s Round Table of the National Council on Black American Affairs to name a few.

The convocation is open to the public. Talladega College cordially invites the community to come and share in this time of reflection and aspiration. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. in DeForest Chapel.

Talladega College, founded in 1867, is Alabama's oldest historically black private college and among the oldest liberal arts colleges in the nation. Located in the historic district of the city of Talladega, Alabama, the college offers a range of degrees in four divisions: Business and Administration, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences and Education.
Talladega College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate degrees; and the school holds several institutional memberships. For more information visit www.talladega.edu

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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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