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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Nicola Lawler
Office of Public Relations
256-761-6207

TALLADEGA COLLEGE CELEBRATES KING LEGACY


Talladega, Alabama—Talladega College will host its Annual Spring Opening Convocation on Thursday morning, January 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in DeForest Chapel. The convocation marks the annual celebration that the College hosts to commemorate the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At 10:30 a.m. the Annual Student Freedom March—where students, faculty and officials walk hand-in-hand singing freedom songs from the Civil Rights era—will begin in the parking lot of the administration building, Sumner Hall, onto ML King Drive and proceed to DeForest Chapel for the Convocation.

Talladega College holds a special place in the halls of Civil Rights history and the MLK legacy. The Talladega College campus is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. first met Andrew Young. They were introduced by a fellow Alpha Phi Alpha student, Dr. Richard English, now a Talladega College trustee.

The featured speaker of the event is Dr. Lezli Baskerville who is the President and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO). She is currently the first female and fifth President of the organization. NAFEO is the only national membership, advocacy and capacity building association for the 105 HBCU’s and 50 Predominantly Black Institutions in the U.S. Dr. Baskerville has extensive experience in many aspects of the law and particularly in government and education. She has been listed for four years in Ebony Magazine as one of America’s Top 100 Most Influential Association Leaders. She was named by AOL Black Voices as one of the nation’s Top 10 Black Women in Higher Education. And she was recently included in the African American history archive, The History Makers. Dr. Baskerville obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Douglass College, Rutgers University. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree with honors from Howard University School of Law, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Benedict College, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Shaw University.

The convocation is open to the public. The renowned Talladega College choir will perform during the event. Talladega College cordially invites the community to come and share in this time of reflection and inspiration. For more information, please call 256-761-6212.


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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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