Huntingdon Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation Explores Social Justice
Montgomery, Ala.—Impact Alabama creator Steven Black will be the featured speaker for the Huntingdon College Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, Wednesday, January 21, at 11:45 a.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. Black will speak on the topic, “Social Justice for the Next Generation.” The convocation is free and open to the public.
Black is a senior lecturer in communicative ethics and serves as the director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a degree in law at Yale Law School. In 2004, he created Impact: An Alabama Student Service Initiative, the state’s first nonprofit organization dedicated to developing high-level service-learning projects in coordination with colleges and universities throughout the state. One of the programs within Impact Alabama is FocusFirst, which has screened more than 40,000 children for potential visual problems using more than 950 student volunteers and covering 67 counties in the state since the program launched in November 2004. About 12.5% of children who have been screened have received subsidized follow-up care because of detected vision problems. Another Impact program, SaveFirst, trains college volunteers to prepare tax returns for low-income families. A number of Huntingdon College students are involved in the SaveFirst training and tax preparation program.
In recognition of his work, Black was selected as one of ten Americans from 800 nominees to receive the $125,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Community Health Leaders Award.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service,” is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall. The campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.