Roslyn Brock, the youngest person ever to serve as chairman of the NAACP national board of directors, will give a lecture at the University of North Texas on Tuesday.
As part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, Brock will speak to students and the community about the courage to stand up for equality and justice, and use the speech as a call to action to advocate for under-served populations, said Nancy Kidder, the graduate assistant for the lecture series.
The lecture series will be co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center as part of an initiative to bring more diverse speakers to the school, Kidder said.
“One of the purposes is to give a multicultural perspective, and we wanted to go along with the vision of our Multicultural Center to bring in more diverse speakers to the school,” she said.
For the students, she also brings a lot of leadership experience she can share, especially since she is the youngest national board chairman, Kidder said.
“She’s an up-and-coming star in [the NAACP] so she has had leadership opportunities, and we thought that was something our students would benefit from,” she said.
Brock has been with the organization for more than 27 years, since she was a freshman in college. She was appointed chairwoman of the Convention Planning Committee in 1999, making her the youngest to be named to that position.
Part of the mission of the lecture series is to bring in diverse speakers who will draw student and community interest. While a committee of students and some faculty and staff members choose the speaker, they continue to keep the community in mind.
Tickets for the lecture are still available at http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/dls/brock.
Tickets cost $10 for general admission; $8 for faculty, staff and alumni; and the first ticket for students with IDs is free, and $5 for guests of students.
The lecture is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at UNT’s Coliseum at 600 Ave. D.
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