The Glendora Powell Diversity Lecture & Workshop Series

"If I can help somebody, then my living shall not be in vain."

The series is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Glendora Powell, whose dedication to multiculturalism has contributed so much to the Louisburg College community. The series recognizes the deep historical ties that she and her family have to the College.

A graduate of Riverside High School, class of '63, Ms. Powell witnessed her mother and aunt work hard at Louisburg College cleaning the building, a place she was unable to attend as a student. Ms. Powell became a freshman at then Saint Augustine's College (Saint Augustine University), where she majored in and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. In 1985, Ms. Powell went on to graduate from North Carolina Central University with a Masters of Art in Music Education.

Ms. Powell's teaching career spans over 44 years, dating back to 1967, until her retirement from Louisburg College in May of 2011. She spent 11 years positively transforming the lives of Louisburg College students and is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus, the first African-American to achieve that distinction.


September 30, 7:00pm-8:00pm - Multipurpose Room

Our America: A Discussion on Race and Social Justice

Join as we discuss issues about race and social justice in our country and in our community with a panel of faculty and staff.

October 3, 7:00pm - Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center

African American Dance Ensemble (AADE)

Join us for an evening of African American dance and music. Known for their interactive and engaging performances using traditional African customs and costumes, the AADE out of Durham, NC will share the finest traditions of African and American dance and music.

October 18, 7:00pm-9:00pm - Benson Chapel

HDYW? - How Do You Worship?

Come join us for a night of praise as we celebrate the differences in worship. Hear from our very own Chaplain Shane Benjamin, other area pastors, the Gospel Choir, and the LC Dance & Step Team.

November 16, 11:00am-3:00pm - Multipurpose Room

Men's Leadership Summit

Male students are invited to join us as we hear inspiring and motivational messages from male speakers from all walks of life. We will break into small groups, set goals, and learn from each other!

Spring 2014 EVENTS

Leoneda Inge: January 30, 7:00pm - Benson Chapel


Join us for an evening with professional radio journalist Leoneda Inge, the Changing Economy Reporter at NC Public Radio - WUNC 91.5 FM. Leoneda will be speaking about her experiences in the field of journalism and, more specifically, what it means to be a woman in this field.

Dr. Joanne Nottingham, Ph. D.: February 17, 7:00pm - Benson Chapel


Join us for a day with Dr. Joanne Nottingham as we embark on discussions of leadership and identity. Dr. Nottingham (also known as Doc Nott) is a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Watson College of Education at UNC-Wilmington, where she coordinates the Leadership Studies minor and teaches core leadership courses.

Kenneth W. Lewis: March 3, 7:00pm - Benson Chapel


Ken is a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, located in Raleigh, NC. His specific practice includes representing clients in the merger, acquisition and sale of business, and in the formation of strategic alliances. Ken will be speaking about voting rights, politics, and where diversity and politics collide.

Laurie Hayes Coffman: April 24, 7:00pm - Benson Chapel


Laurie Hayes Coffman is the Chaplain at Croasdaile Village in Durham, NC. Join us as Rev. Coffman speaks about LGBT issues. She will share her half-hour video as well as her story of a changed heart and a changed mind, and why she now advocates from a faith perspective for justice and equality.