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College of Agriculture

Dr. MLK Jr. Diversity Student Leader Reception

The MLK Jr. Diversity Student Leader Reception is an annual event sponsored by the College of Agriculture during Martin Luther King Jr. Week. It provides students the opportunity to learn about the civil rights movement and current diversity issues from those who have fought and overcome cultural challenges.

The 2020 Keynote speaker for the MLK Student Leader Reception will be Reverend John R. Williams, USD 501 Board of Education Member, Position 1, District 1. 

View the 2020 MLK Jr. Diversity Student Leader Reception Flyer

Keynote Speakers

2020Rev. John R. WilliamsUSD 501 Board of Education Member, Position 1, District 1
2019James P. JacksonFLP Specialist, USDA / Farm Service Agency
2018Kevin BurnettChief Operating Officer, Richardson Plano Guide Right Foundation
2017Mr. Edward Honesty Jr.President and Chief Operating Officer, Best Harvest Bakeries 
2016Dr. Freddie RichardsProfessor and Immediate Past Dean, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, Prairie View A&M
2015Rodney PattersonDirector of Corporate Diversity and Talent Management, CoBank
2014Eric B. BanksKansas State Conservationist, NRCS
2013Dr. Eric C. JohnsonSenior Pastor Mt. Calvary 2nd Missionary Baptist Church, Canton, OH
2012Dr. Bernard FranklinSpecial Assistant to the Vice President for Student Life, Kansas State University
2011Rodney O. SomervilleManager, Specialty Training, Centocor Ortho Biotech, Inc.
2010SFC Toliver HillUS Army Equal Opportunity Advisor
2009Chester Owens, Jr.First African American City Councilman in Kansas City, Kansas
2008Judge Tommy B. WebbSublette, Kansas
2007Carl ButlerEEO National Society of MANRRS
2006Carl StovallBoeing, Inc.
2005Cargill Meat Solutions Valuing Differences Team