On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, a member of the Fisk University class of 1963, will serve as the keynote speaker at the 2018 Leadership and Politics Luncheon. “Rising to the Occasion in a Challenging Political Climate” will be the topic. The luncheon is a forum created to explore the critical importance of leadership in the world of politics. CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan will host the event. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the historic Appleton Room in Jubilee Hall, located at 1000 17th Avenue North, Nashville, TN. Tickets are $45 per person, $450 for a reserved table of ten.
Congresswoman Wilson represents Florida’s 24th Congressional District, one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation. Her tenure, now in its fourth term, reflects her signature spirit and unrelenting advocacy on behalf of the less fortunate. As the Ranking Democrat on the Education and Workforce Protections Subcommittee in the 114th Congress, Congresswoman Wilson introduced the American Jobs Act of 2013, an innovative bill that promotes full employment and workforce development opportunities; the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights; and the Youth Corp Act of 2013, which reconnects youth with education, jobs and their communities. Congresswoman Wilson earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Fisk University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Miami. She is widowed and the proud mother of three children and five grandchildren.
“For more than 150 years, Fisk University has served as a bastion of leadership and education. It is only befitting that a political trailblazer such as Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson return home to discuss the place leadership must play in politics,” says Jens Frederiksen Ph.D., vice president for Institutional Advancement. “Congresswoman Wilson is the epitome of service, political savvy, and community empowerment. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on rising to the occasion within a challenging political climate.”
CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan will host the Leadership and Politics Luncheon, offering his own political insight and journalistic approach. Mr. Morgan is a New York-based, news reporter and national CBS correspondent. He has covered a variety of stories, including the first national rally after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and President Obama’s second inauguration His extensive coverage of the impact of HIV/AIDS on African-American led to hundreds of people getting tested for the deadly virus. Mr. Morgan is a former professor of broadcast writing and reporting at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University. Prior to joining CBS News, he served as a reporter and co-anchor of WXIA TV in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of Jackson State University and holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University.
To purchase tickets to the Politics and Leadership Luncheon, call (615) 329-8722.