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Leadership Conference

The 2016 Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month will be held February 5-6, 2016. The keynote speakers are Juanita Jones Abernathy, wife of Dr. Ralph Abernathy and Jasmine Guy, actor-dancer-director. We hope you will be able to join us for the 2016 conference. This year’s theme is: Remembering our Origins, Opportunities, Truth and Spirituality.

Juanita Jones Abernathy - Keynote Speaker, Friday Night

Mrs. Abernathy continues to volunteer her time for numerous civic and religious organizations, including Board of Directors and Secretary for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority; Board of Trustees of the Morehouse School of Religion; Board of Directors for the Ralph David Abernathy Towers and Ralph David Abernathy Foundation.

As the widow of Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, the closest associate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she became pivotally involved in the civil rights movement from the inception of the Montgomery bus boycott. For much of her life her work has taken her throughout the world working for justice and equality for all.

Juanita Jones Abernathy Biography

Jasmine Guy - Saturday Luncheon Speaker

Actor-dancer-director Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theater and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Jasmine starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago (as Velma Kelly).

“I am grateful for my journey. It has been interesting, fun and exhilarating. I’ve learned a lot, but I am still growing, changing, exploring and learning. That’s what makes life truly exciting.”

Jasmine Guy Biography

Mission Statement:

Bring individuals together to promote dialogue that fosters multicultural collaboration to strengthen relationships and empower diverse leaders with the tools to better serve their organization and community.

Troy University’ s Leadership Conference

Troy University’s Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month is held annually on the main campus of Troy University. This conference provides valuable information to enhance the quality of leadership and civic participation of community leaders, area residents, and university students. Major Sponsors of the conference since its inception have been the City of Troy, SD James Evangelistic Association.

In addition to valuable break-out sessions for both university students and community participants, the keynote speakers for the 2015 conference were Hill Harper and U. S. Navy Rear Admiral Fernandez “Frank” Ponds.. Past speakers have included Rev. Bernice King, Judge Penny Brown Reynolds Dr. Randal Pinkett, Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie, Dr. Calvin Mackie, Ms. Lyn Vaughn and Mr. Tim Reid, Judge Greg Mathis, Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Joseph Lowery, Dr. Belle Wheelan, Mr Thomas N. Todd, the Honorable Lois Deberry, Columnist Cynthia Tucker, former Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington and Reverend Jamal-Harrison Bryant. Each year the committee selects a new chairman. Troy City Councilman, the Honorable Charlie (Sarge) Dunn is serving as the 2016 conference chair.

2015 Leadership Conference Photos

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