Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Edison Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month keynote speaker, Mr. Joshua I. Smith.
In honor of Black History Month, the Diversity Committee at Edison Community College is hosting a special keynote address from Mr. Joshua I. Smith. A nationally renowned entrepreneur, business executive and speaker, Mr. Smith will address the topic, “Economic Rights Assure Civil Rights.” The free event will be held in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus on February 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and is open to the community.

Smith has founded many businesses including one of the largest and fastest growing African American companies in the United States, MAXIMA Corporation. A nationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship, he was appointed by former President George H.W. Bush as the first Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Minority Business Development.

In addition to serving on numerous high–ranking national boards, he is the recipient of over 400 awards, citations, and honors for outstanding achievement including five honorary doctorate degrees. Since 2008, Smith has served as host of Biz Talk, a weekly business program on CBS Radio in Washington, D.C. and other radio stations. Smith, a 1963 graduate of Central State University, resides with his wife in Washington, D.C.

The event will also feature art contest displays and awards, local business displays, and entertainment. The art contest will feature work that depicts black history from students in kindergarten through twelfth grade as well as college students and adults. Those interested in participating in the art contest are asked to submit artwork by February 20. Contact Mary Bornhorst via email at mbornhorst@edisonohio.edu for submission details.

The Diversity Committee at Edison Community College is committed to advancing the College’s academic mission and goals in the areas of diversity, equality, inclusion and human rights by leading efforts to define, assess, and cultivate diversity as both an institutional value and an academic priority.

This event is made possible with support from the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE), U.S. Bank, and other sponsors. For more information, contact Marva Archibald at (937) 778-7908, or by email at marchibald@edisonohio.edu.

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