The 2016 Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture will be hosted by the Graduate School of Education and the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016.The event is located the Holiday Inn, World’s Fair Park. Event starts at 5:30 P.M. with a reception and lecture follows at 6 P.M.
Johnnetta Cole will be the guest speaker for this year’s event. One of the most powerful and well-regarded African American women in the US, Cole continues to make history. She was the first African American woman president of Spelman College, the first woman ever elected to the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, and the first African American to serve as chair of the board of United Way of America. In over 40 years in education, she has also served two US Presidents in leadership roles.
Cole currently serves as the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. She currently serves on the Scholarly Advisory Board for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. As a scholar, author, and activist for social and economic justice, Cole has spearheaded breakthrough thinking about diversity, leadership for social and economic justice, and women’s issues.