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Congressman John Lewis Leadership Conference

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Congressman John Lewis Leadership Conference

The Congressman John Lewis Leadership Conference, formerly known as the 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 and the SD James Evangelistic Association.

This year, in an abundance of caution due to the pandemic, we will host an online university and community leadership event on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7 pm. This year’s event will be called Celebrating Leadership and Legacy: A Transition to the Congressman John R. Lewis Leadership Conference.  The event will be free to everyone and we will be publicizing how to view the event on this website soon. Highlights of the program will include our keynote speaker Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson and a tribute to Bishop S.D. James.  We hope that you will be able to join us on February 5. 

Group of conference participants on stage 
Conference committee with keynote speaker Mrs. Peggy Wallace Kennedy 
Catherine Jordan, Mrs. Peggy Wallace Kennedy, Sheila Jackson 
Conference committee with keynote speaker Mary Frances Berry 
 Joe McCall introducing keynote speaker Mary Frances Berry 
Keynote speaker Mary Frances Berry speaking  
Keynote speaker Mrs. Peggy Kennedy Wallace speaking 

In addition to valuable breakout sessions for both University students and community participants, we have outstanding keynote speakers. Past speakers have included Dr. Mary Frances Berry, Mrs. Peggy Wallace Kennedy, the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Dr. Quinton Ross, Congressman John Lewis, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Rickey Smiley, Bishop James Davis, Juanita Jones Abernathy, Jasmine Guy, Hill Harper, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Fernandez “Frank” Ponds, the Rev. Bernice King, Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, Dr. Randal Pinkett, the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie, Dr. Calvin Mackie, Ms. Lyn Vaughn, 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 the Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant.

Mary Griffin with John Lewis

Each year the committee selects a new chairperson. Mrs. Mary Griffin is serving as the 2021 conference chair.

Mission Statement:

To 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.