Nation’s First African-American Senate Chaplain Speaks at PGCC

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Article by: Mona M. Rock, rockmm@pgcc.edu

 

LARGO, Md.—Rear Admiral Barry C. Black (retired), the first African-American to serve as the Chaplain for the United States Senate, will deliver an address, Call of Duty: Leadership, Legislation, Lifestyle, at Prince George’s Community College’s 18thMillennium Management Lecture Series, March 6, 2:30 p.m., Accokeek Hall, Room 300. The gathering is one of the college’s most prestigious discussions and is designed to provide students and members of the community with access to outstanding leaders in the field of business and government. The event is free and open to the public. 

“Chaplain Black is an historic figure whose story holds lessons of overcoming obstacles on the path from humble beginnings to the highest career achievements,” said Faith Breen, professor of management at Prince George’s Community College. “The lecture serves as an inspiration for students and the broader community to envision success in their own lives and achieve any dream imaginable.” 

In addition to his current position with the U.S. Senate, Black is the first African-American to serve as the Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy, where he served for more than 27 years. Black received the 1995 NAACP Renowned Service Award, 2002 Benjamin Elijah Mays Distinguished Leadership Award from the Morehouse School of Religion, and the Image Award from the Dominion University chapter of the NAACP.  

Past Millennium Management Lecture Series speakers include Susan Gooden, director of the Race and Social Policy Research Center at Virginia Tech; Lenneal J. Henderson, distinguished professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Baltimore; Janie Jeffers, former White House deputy executive director under President William Clinton; Koby J. Langley, special assistant, Office of the Secretary of Defense Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy; Benjamin Nelson, managing director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington, DC.; Joel Szabat, deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation; and John Wilson, the first African-American to own a McDonald's franchise.  

The public is invited to a reception and book signing immediately following the lecture in Accokeek Hall, Room 300. To RSVP, call 301-322-0700.  

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.  

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