Rev. Bernice King, Judge Penny Brown Reynolds highlight Leadership Conference at TROY

Posted: Thursday , 16 January 2014

TROY - The Rev. Bernice King and Judge Penny Brown Reynolds will be the keynote speakers for the annual Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month at Troy University in February.

The theme for this year's event, which will be held Feb. 7-8, is "Leadership, Unity, Empowerment: Celebrating the Civil Rights Legacy." The conference was launched in 2002 and seeks to bring individuals together to promote dialogue that fosters multicultural collaboration and equip diverse leaders with the tools to better serve their organizations and communities. The conference is co-sponsored by Troy University and the City of Troy.

King, the youngest daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will provide the conference's opening address, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. Reynolds will deliver the speech during the conference's closing luncheon set to begin at Noon on Feb. 8 in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

King began her speaking career at the age of 17, speaking before the United Nations in place of her mother. Since that time, she has spoken at engagements around the world and has been featured on such television shows as "Oprah," "BET Talk with Tavis Smiley" and the "Judge Hatchett Show." King has also guest hosted a live, lunchtime television show on CNN.

An ordained preacher, King is a minister at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga. She has coordinated a number of conferences on non-violent conflict resolution for college and university students, as well as seminars for women and families.

King is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and holds both a Master of Divinity and the Doctorate of Law degrees from Emory University. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Reynolds is an Emmy-nominated national television personality and commentator on issues of law, politics, religion, as well as women and children's issues. She served as a state trial court judge in Atlanta for nearly a decade and previously served as executive counsel to Georgia's governor, making her the first African American to hold such a position.

Reynolds earned a bachelor's degree from Georgia State University, a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law and a master's degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center. Reynolds has founded the Judge Penny Brown Reynolds Foundation, Inc. for the purpose of restoring families and empowering women and young people. She is a veteran social activist and president and chief executive officer of Divine Destiny Productions, LLC.

In addition to the keynote addresses, participants will have the opportunity to take part in plenary sessions featuring speakers such as Dr. Marquita Davis, director of the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity; Dr. John Ed Mathison, former senior minister at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery and head of John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries; and, Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed.

Registration fee is $30 for adults and $15 for students through Jan. 17. An additional $10 charge will be added for registration after Jan. 17. A registration form and additional information is available online at trojan.troy.edu/leadershipconference. Additional information is also available by contacting Barbara Patterson at 334-670-3204 or by email at bpatters@troy.edu or Sheila Jackson at 334-670-2283 or by email Sheila.jackson@troyal.gov.