GENERAL ASSEMBLY SPEAKERS
WEDNESDAY JUNE 12 - FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2019
9:30AM – 11:45AM
WEDNESDAY • STATE OF THE CONGRESS ADDRESS
LaDonna Boyd is the President/CEO of the R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation, which was founded by her great- great-grandfather, Dr. Richard Henry Boyd, in 1896. Ms. Boyd is also on the Board of Directors at Citizens Savings Bank and Trust, which was founded by her great-great- grandfather in 1904. She is a graduate of Spelman College, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, with a minor in French. She is also a graduate of Tennessee State University, where she earned her MBA with a concentration in Finance. Currently, she is a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University, where her studies focus on corporate technology implementation, andragogy (adult learning), women’s studies, and leadership in the Black Church.
WEDNESDAY • KEYNOTE SPEAKER
REV. DR. ROBERT C. SCOTT
A Visionary, Pastor, Preacher, and sought- after speaker, the Reverend Dr. Robert Charles Scott is a native of Monticello, Mississippi and a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is married to Pier Charisse Scott and they are the parents of Charis Jordyn Scott. He is the Senior Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina a historically significant congregation with nearly 5000 disciples serving in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg County region since 1900. He is the fifth pastor in St. Paul’s history. He preached his initial sermon at the age of 11; licensed at the age of 12; and ordained at the age of 18 at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church (Monticello, Mississippi). He is the son of Mrs. Dorothy Newsome (formerly Scott) and Mr. Robert Funches.
DR. KEVIN W. COSBY, D. MIN
THURSDAY • KEYNOTE SPEAKER
In 2005, Dr. Cosby was inaugurated as Simmons’ 13th president. In 2007, he led the once fledgling college to reclaim its original campus, lost during the Great Depression, and has since expanded to three campus locations. The college has expanded its curriculum and was accred- ited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). In 2014, Simmons was recognized as the 107th HBCU. During his first decade there in order to stabilize the college, Dr. Cosby refused to take a sala- ry and returned more than $700,000 to the college. For more than 30 years, Dr. Cosby has served as pastor of Louisville’s 15,000-member St. Stephen Church, the largest African American church and the largest private employer of African Americans in Kentucky. An author of five books, he holds a Bachelor’s degree (Eastern Kentucky University); a Master of Divinity degree (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary); and a Doctor of Ministry degree (United Theological Seminary).
FRIDAY • KEYNOTE SPEAKER
In October 2017, the NAACP named Derrick Johnson President and CEO. Mr. Johnson formerly served as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors as well as president for the NAACP Mississippi State Conference. A longstanding member and leader of the NAACP, Mr. Johnson is guiding the Association through a period of re-envisioning and reinvigoration. Mr. Johnson is a veteran activist who has dedicated his career to defending the rights and improving the lives of Mississippians. As State President of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, he led critical campaigns for voting rights and equitable education. He successfully managed two bond referendum campaigns in Jackson, MS that brought $150 million in school building improvements and $65 million towards the construction of a new convention center, respectively. As a regional organizer at the Jackson-based non-profit, Southern Echo, Inc., Mr. Johnson provided legal, technical, and training support for communities across the South.
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PASTOR SHIRLEY CAESAR