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For Immediate Release
November 18, 2014

Award-winning Educator and Author to Speak at
College's MLK Scholarship Breakfast


MLK Speaker

Dr. Leonard N. Moore, a senior associate vice president from the University of Texas, Austin, will be the featured speaker for Moreno Valley College's ML King Scholarship Breakfast on January 16. Moore studies modern African American history, black urban history, and the intersection of race, sport and hip-hop.

Proceeds from the breakfast, including tickets and sponsorships, which are available by contacting the Riverside Community College District Foundation Office at (951) 222-8626, benefit the College's general scholarship fund. This year, the Foundation and the College will present five $500 scholarships; one to the winner of the College speech competition and four to essay winners from Moreno Valley and Val Verde unified school districts. Students were prompted to speak and write about King's letter from the Birmingham Jail.

Tickets for the breakfast are $25 and are available through the MVC Admissions & Records office at (951) 571-6358. The event begins at 7:30 am in the College's Student Academic Services Building and is open to the community, with free parking.

Moore spends a great deal of time helping high-profile athletic programs across the country implement strategic diversity initiatives that assist student-athletes excel both in the classroom and on the field.

Ironic, considering he finished high school with a 1.6 GPA and a 15 on the ACT.

Moore transformed his life after an intense encounter with a professor who encouraged him to take school seriously. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in history from Jackson State University, a master's degree from Cleveland State University, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1998 at the age 26.

He was a professor and academic administrator at Louisiana State University for 10 years before going to UT. Today, he manages approximately 35 programs, initiatives, and centers at the University, and teaches two classes: History of the Black Power Movement and Race in the Age of Obama. Moore also directs two global programs: Social Entrepreneurship in Beijing and Urban Economic Development in Cape Town. Both programs take college students who are either first-generation and low-income or of African American or Latino descent, abroad each year. His work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, 60 Minutes, and ESPN.

In 2004 the National Urban League presented him with the Whitney M. Young Award for Urban Leadership in Education. He is the author of two books on black politics and he has a passion for helping students maximize their academic potential. Moore is also an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church and is married with three children, ages 12, 11, and 9.