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The 2019 Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month will be
held February 1-2, 2019. We hope you will be able to join us for the 2019 conference.
The 2019 conference theme is "Leaders Embracing New Relationships, Destinations, and
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 2018 conference were Congressman John Lewis
and Congresswoman Terri Sewell. Past speakers have included Rickey Smiley and 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 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. Shelia Jackson is serving
as the 2019 conference chair.