Community Leaders Join TNCC Panel for Program Honoring MLK

Published: January 14, 2009

A panel of community leaders including Fort Monroe Garrison Commander Col. Anthony Reyes will be part of a Thomas Nelson Community College program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 8 a.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Hampton.

Moderated by TNCC Speech and Humanities Chair Bette Thomas, the panel will discuss Fulfilling the Dream: From King to Obama. Newport News Councilwoman Sharon Scott; TNCC Foundation Board Member Professor Emeritus Turner Spencer, Ph.D.; Daily Press Urban Affairs Columnist David Squires and Hampton-based First Baptist Church Pastor Richard W. Wills Sr., Ph.D., are also on the panel.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will also include special recognition of the Honorable Sen. Mamie E. Locke, Ph.D., as TNCC’s Third Annual Presidential Leadership Award recipient. The Presidential Leadership Award was established at TNCC to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by recognizing an outstanding community leader and important role model for students.

Sen. Locke is a Democratic member of the Virginia Senate, representing the 2nd District since 2004. Her district includes the cities of Hampton (part), Newport News (part), Portsmouth (part) and Suffolk (part). She is currently dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education and tenured professor of Political science at Hampton University.

For more information about TNCC activities honoring Martin Luther King Jr., please call Student Activities at 757-825-2863.

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