MLK speaker changed
Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 4:02 pm
Due to unexpected scheduling conflicts, a change in speakers has been announced for the annual Dr. Martin King Jr. Luncheon to be held Friday in the Student Center on the Dyersburg campus of Dyersburg State Community College.
Dr. Ellena Gooch will be the featured speaker. She replaces previously-announced speaker Greg Duckett.
Dr. Gooch, a native of Ripley, became involved in the Civil Rights Movement led by the Southern Christian Leadership Council in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This council was directed by Dr. King and Rep. John Lewis, the Nashville SCLS team leader.
She currently serves as associate minister, Christian education director and intercessory prayer leader of Holly Grove Baptist Church in Ripley and co-chairs the education initiatives of the West Tennessee Baptist Association. She also serves as a women’s Christian conference speaker and has made presentations in Mexico, Italy and South Africa. Later this year, she will be a presenter at the National Baptist Convention of South Africa.
Dr. Gooch retired in 1996 after a 35-year career in teaching and school administration.
Friday’s 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon is hosted by the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce and Dyersburg State Community College.
Published in The Messenger 1.13.11