Sen. Mamie E. Locke to Receive TNCC Presidential Leadership Award

Published: January 8, 2009

Thomas Nelson Community College has selected the Honorable Sen. Mamie E. Locke, Ph.D. to receive its Third Annual Presidential Leadership Award. The award presentation is set for Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 8 a.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Hampton as part of TNCC’s Martin Luther King Day observances.  The program will be preceded at 7:30 a.m. by a continental breakfast in the auditorium lobby.

The public is invited to join TNCC students, faculty and staff for this free event.  In addition to special recognition of Sen. Locke, the program will include a discussion — Fulfilling the Dream: From King to Obama — by a panel of community leaders. Performances by TNCC students groups will also be featured throughout the program.

Thomas Nelson Community College established the Presidential Leadership Award 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) .Currently she is the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education and tenured professor of political science at Hampton University.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo College and earned both a master’s and a doctoral degree from Atlanta University. From 2000 to 2004, she was mayor of Hampton and resigned the position upon her election to the Virginia Senate.

A  Brandon, Mississippi native, she currently serves on the following committees: General Laws and Technology (chair); Education and Health; Local Government (chair of Subcommittee on Charters); Rehabilitation and Social Services; and Rules.  During her tenure in the Senate she has been appointed to several commissions including Strategies and Models for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (Member of the Joint Study Commission); the Joint Commission on Technology and Science;  the Advisory Committee for Virginia Schools for Deaf and Blind; the Private Nonprofit Colleges, Ways to Meet State Higher Education Needs (Member Joint Study Commission); Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Committee; and the Military Advisory Council. She also chairs the Virginia Housing Commission.

The senator’s awards include Mayor of the Year, Old Northampton Community Organization (2002); Humanitarian Award, National Conference for Community and Justice (2002); Distinguished Woman Award, Newport News/Hampton Chapter, Continental Societies, Incorporated (2006); and Citizen of the Year, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (2006), among many others.

In addition to being an educator, university administrator and state official, Sen. Locke maintains a wide array of civic memberships and affiliations.  She is a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the NAACP.  She is also a member of the Hampton Chapter of the Links, Inc.  She has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing such topics as politics, race and gender.

Sen. Locke has also authored works that have appeared as book chapters and in such publications as Women and Politics, Africana Women’s Studies Series, Phoebe, Network, and The Journal of Mississippi History. She is the co-editor of two books, African American Politics: The Struggle for Liberation and Urban Politics: A Planning Perspective.

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