Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins, President of Coppin State University, was the keynote speaker at Gilman's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation on Thursday, January 14.
The Convocation started with a welcome from the Director of Community, Inclusion, and Equity (C.I.E.) Johnnie Foreman and an invocation by Jalen Marshall '22.
The keynote speaker was introduced by Josh Green '21, who listed Dr. Jenkins’ many achievements. As a champion of public policy and quality higher education, Dr. Jenkins has served as a member of the NCAA Presidents Council, the National HBCU Presidential Leadership team, in collaboration with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and he has assisted members of Congress and the White House to successfully secure year-round Pell and USDA funding to HBCUs. He has also served as a board member for the West Virginia Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the West Virginia National Guard, the Executive Committee of the Charleston Area Alliance, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston West Virginia and the West Virginia Business Roundtable, Inc.
The audience enjoyed the following uplifting performances:
- "The Star-Spangled Banner" by the Traveling Men
- "Amazing Grace" by the Upper School String Ensemble
- "Milestone" by the Upper School Jazz Group.
- "My Lord What A Mourning" by Middle and Upper School choirs
- "What a Wonderful World" by Avonte Jones
- "Lift Every Voice" by the Traveling Men
Prior to the Traveling Men's performance "Lift Every Voice", Nigel Parker '20 explained its significance and history.
Enjoy the following recording of this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation.