50th Anniversary Speaker Series – Kweisi Mfume
50th Anniversary Speaker Series
September 9th, 7 p.m.
PepsiCo Theater, Norwalk Community College
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the NCC Foundation is hosting a 4-part Speaker Series. The first speaker in the series was Kweisi Mfume, a former Congressman and former president and CEO of the NAACP, who discussed “The Relevance of Community Colleges Today” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 9 in the NCC East Campus PepsiCo Theater.
Kweisi Mfume also met informally with NCC students at 5 p.m., and was feted at a reception at 6 p.m. in the NCC East Campus atrium.
Mfume is current chairman of the Board of Regents at Morgan State University in Maryland. He is former president of the NAACP, a former five-term U.S. Congressman, a former member of the Baltimore City Council, and a graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County, as well as Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University.
He has led a distinguished career as a civil rights activist, congressman, broadcaster, policy maker, CEO and author. Mfume co-sponsored the historic Americans with Disabilities Act and has worked to close race and gender gaps in the areas of compliance, health care and corporate diversity.
Kweisi Mfume was born, raised and educated in Baltimore, Maryland, and it was there that he followed his dreams to impact society and to help shape public policy.
He attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, where as an honors student he graduated magna cum laude. He later returned there as an adjunct professor teaching courses in Political Science and Communications.
As Mfume’s community involvement grew, so did his experience as an activist, radio commentator, administrator, and TV personality. By the age of 31 he had won his first election to the Baltimore City Council. During his seven years of service in local government, he chaired the City Council’s Committee on Health Policy and led the efforts to diversify city government, improve community safety, enhance business development and divest city funds from the then apartheid government of South Africa.