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2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Lecture

Guest speaker: Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art.

Johnnetta B. Cole is also the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, the only national museum in the United States dedicated to the collection, exhibition, conservation and study of the arts of Africa. Dr. Cole is board chair of the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute, founded at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C. The mission of the nonprofit institute is to create, communicate and continuously support the case for diversity and inclusion in the workplace through education, training research and publications. Dr. Cole served as president of the Bennett College for Women from 2002-2007 and she was president of Spelman College in Atlanta from 1987-1997.

A distinguished and respected intellectual, Dr. Cole speaks at conferences and universities throughout the country. Her powerful messages prove that barriers are meant to be broken, and the most unlikely of people can achieve the ultimate rise to success.