CUMBERLAND — The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, along with the Upward Bound Math Science Program and the Academic Advantage Program, will host the annual community diversity breakfast to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The event will start at 9 a.m. on January 14 at the Benham School House Inn in Benham. University of Kentucky professor Dr. Gerald Smith will serve as the keynote speaker at the event.
Smith was born in Lexington, Kentucky and earned his B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky in history. He taught at the University of Memphis from 1988-1993. He is currently a professor of history and holder of the Theodore A. Hallam Professorship and the Martin Luther King Center Scholar-in Residence at UK. From 1997 until 2005, he served as the director of the African American Studies and Research Program at UK.
He is the author, editor, or co-editor of four books. He has more than forty articles, essays, and book reviews published in historical journals and encyclopedias. He has consulted on various historical projects, lectured on college campuses around the state, and conducted workshops for primary and secondary school teachers. He has appeared in historical documentaries which have aired on CBS, NBC, KET, the CBS Sports Network and TruTV.
Smith is co-editor of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia which received the Thomas D. Clark Medallion Book recognition for 2015. In October 2015, he received the Racial Reconciliation Award from Campbellsville University. He was named a recipient of the 2016 Living Legacy Award during the 13th annual Black History Month Celebration at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.
“We will come together on January 14 to celebrate the dynamic life of Dr. King.” Carolyn Sundy, SKCTC’s Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, said. “We invite all to come out and take part in this wonderful event and enjoy a great breakfast and experience a delightful time of fellowship.”
The meal, which costs $9.95 plus tax per person, will consist of orange juice, milk and coffee, along with scrambled eggs, sausage, cinnamon fried apples and biscuits and gravy. If you would like more information about the event, you can contact Sundy at 606-589-3052.