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Legends Lecture Series: Susan L. Taylor

The Black Cultural Programming Committee has selected Susan L. Taylor as the speaker for the 2012 Legends Lecture Series. As the soul of Essence magazine for over three decades, Susan L. Taylor was the driving force behind one of the most celebrated African American owned business success stories. A fourth generation entrepreneur, she flourished in her leadership role, building the brand and guiding it through a period of phenomenal growth to a readership of over 8 million. During this time she penned the popular "In the Spirit" column and wrote the best-selling books, In the Spirit: The Inspirational Writings of Susan L. Taylor, and Lessons in Living and Confirmation: The Spiritual Wisdom That Has Shaped Our Lives. Now, as the Founder of National Cares Mentoring Movement, she shares her inspirational passion for empowering African Americans in a call to action to recruit mentors for at-risk youth. She continues to inspire hope and encourage us to reclaim our lives and create sustainable communities.

The Legend's Lecture Series was inaugurated in 2005, making this our 8th Annual Legends Lecture Event. Below is a list of our past Legend's Lecture Series Keynote Speakers:

  • Rev Run (2011)
  • Dr. Ben Carson (2010)
  • Spike Lee (2009)
  • Debbie Allen (2008)
  • Ruby Dee (2007)
  • Harry Belafonte (2006)
  • Maya Angelou (2005)

The Legend's Lecture Series featuring Susan L. Taylor will take place on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM in The Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

Susan L. Taylor

Monday, 01 October, 2012


Marlon Johnson

Phone: 865-974-6861
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