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Congressman John Lewis Leadership Conference

Lewis speaking at conference

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.

The 2021 Congressman John Lewis Leadership Conference will be held February 5 - February 6, 2021. We hope you will be able to join us for the 2021 conference. Our conference theme and speakers will be announced in November.

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 break-out 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, Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Dr. Quinton Ross, Congressman John Lewis, Congresswoman Terri Sewell Rickey Smile, Bishop James Davis,  Juanita Jones Abernathy,  Jasmine Guy, Hill Harper, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Fernandez “Frank” Ponds, Rev. Bernice King, Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, Dr. Randal Pinkett, 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 Reverend 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:

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.