Tickets are now on sale for Cameron University and Cameron Campus Ministry’s 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration banquet. This year’s keynote speaker is civil rights leader, tech investor and educator Benjamin Jealous, who will present “The Forgotten Origins and Consequences of Race in America.” The banquet is scheduled for Monday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for students and are available by calling Cameron Campus Ministry at 580-699-2004. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, January 10. Seating is limited.
Earlier that day, Jealous will participate in an informal panel discussion that will focus on the topic of education and which will serve as a great introduction to his keynote address. The panel session, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Cameron University in the CETES Conference Center.
Do you remember the details of how President McKinley was killed? Did you know that Georgetown University's first president was black? Most Americans don't. And yet our forgotten history of race continues to haunt us in ways big and small, and to shape the making of modern America. In this presentation, Jealous will the story behind lessons learned and unlearned, and what we all need to internalize if we aim to create a country where children are judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
Jealous has dedicated his life to bringing people together, building diverse coalitions for change, and holding government leaders accountable to the needs of everyday people. At age 35, he was named National President and CEO of the NAACP. The youngest person to ever hold the position, he led the organization from 2008 through 2013. Under his leadership, the NAACP underwent an unprecedented era of growth, and membership increased four years consecutively for the first time in 20 years. His tenure was defined by a series of landmark victories including: abolishing the death penalty in six states and convincing Walmart to hire formerly incarcerated people.
In 2018, Jealous was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Maryland. He won an overwhelming victory in the primary. In the general election, he became the first non-incumbent candidate for governor to win more than one million votes.
He has also served as the president of the Rosenberg Foundation; founding director of Amnesty International’s U.S. Human Rights Program; Executive Director of National Newspaper Publishers Association, the largest trade association of African-American owned newspapers; an editor of Mississippi’s Jackson Advocate newspaper; and a NAACP community organizer in Mississippi.
Jealous is the cofounder of 20X, a Baltimore-based investment firm, where he focuses on social impact investing and advising. He is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford Universities and is a former visiting professor at Princeton University.
The 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is sponsored by Cameron Campus Ministry and hosted by Cameron University.
December 12, 2019