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April 9, 2014
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Legacy Lecture Series brings prominent leaders to campus

Prominent leaders in the entertainment and business worlds will discuss issues relevant to students in the 21st century at the 2013-14 Legacy Lecture Series, sponsored by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Student Center, Theatre. Miss Bowie State University Erica Johnson and Student Government Association President Jamaad Gould will also join the celebrity panel.

Focusing on the theme, “Building Dreams Through Visions of Leadership,” the panelists and moderator will seek to equip and empower students to overcome the economic, social cultural and political challenges of today, and to reshape the fabric of America as they step into tomorrow.

The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame has already hosted the lecture series at several historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), including North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C. and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Fla.

The organization is dedicated to the growth and development of HBCUs through scholarships, internships, training and technical assistance, alumni recognition, and programs to encourage humanitarian involvement.

The goal is to attract a wide variety of students and community members surrounding your campus. Miss Bowie State University 2013-2014, Erica Johnson, and SGA President, Jamaad Gould will sit on the panel with the Celebrity panelist.

The moderator and panelists are:


  • Jeff Johnson is an award-winning journalist, social activist, political commentator and author. From his celebrated conversations with marquee world figures in the political, business and entertainment arenas to his grassroots trench work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Johnson continues to be a trailblazing social entrepreneur and authentic voice for change.


  • Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. is the founder of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. and chairman and chief executive officer of TWD, Inc., a full service business development firm. In 1990, he became the state director and served as chief administrator for United States Senator Sam Nunn, as the first African-American to serve in this capacity.
  • Rev. Omarosa Manigault is considered a subject matter expert in the area of communication, branding and marketing. She currently teaches “Global, Corporate, and Personal Brand Management” in the Master of Business Administration program at Howard University School of Business. Manigault previously worked in the White House under the Clinton administration as deputy associate director of presidential personnel.
  • Frank Ski is the former host of a top-rated morning show at Atlanta-based radio station V-103 (CBS affiliate), a position held for 14 years. But take a look beyond the radio station and you’ll find somewhat of a renaissance man, whose accomplishments and interests are as broad and intriguing as the many subjects he covers every day. With an ever-growing list of talents, Ski is a well-known journalist, producer, DJ, actor, motivational speaker, tireless philanthropist and most importantly, a husband to his wife, Tanya, and father to four boys.
  • Demetria McKinney is an actress and singer who resides in Atlanta, Ga. She is best known for her role as Janine on the hit sitcom, “Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne” and more recently as Rickey Smiley’s ex-wife “Monica” on TV One’s “The Rickey Smiley Show.” McKinney is also an accomplished vocalist and has recorded singles with notable R&B artists, such as Musiq Soulchild and Anthony David. Her new single, “Work With Me,” is currently available on iTunes.
  • Cayla Cowherd is the first student from Virginia Union University to receive the title “Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.” Her platform, Fearless Achievers, is an extension of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation’s mission, which encourages students attending HBCUs to take pride in their institutions and the communities surrounding them.

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