NAACP chair to speak at UNT April 15 for Distinguished Lecture Series
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Roslyn M. Brock, who became the youngest chairman for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's national board of directors in February 2010, will speak at the University of North Texas April 15 (Tuesday) as part of the university's Distinguished Lecture Series.
Brock's lecture, "Courage for Equality and Justice," begins at 6:30 p.m. at UNT's Coliseum, 600 Avenue D. She will also conduct an informal discussion with selected students from 4:30-5:15 p.m. in Room 52 of UNT's Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd.
Tickets for the lecture are available now and may be purchased online. UNT students can receive one free ticket with their student IDs and will pay $5 each for guests. UNT faculty, staff and alumni will pay $8 for tickets, while general admission tickets are $10.
Brock, who is the fourth woman to serve as chairman of the NCAAP's national board of directors, has been a leader with the association for more than 27 years. She first joined when she was a freshman at Virginia Union University. She was elected as president of the youth and college division for the Commonwealth of Virginia before being elected one year later as a youth board member from Region 7, representing Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
After earning a master's degree in healthcare administration from George Washington University, Brock initiated the Health Symposiums at the annual NAACP National Conventions and also served as vice chairman of the NAACP Health Committee. Her advocacy for accessible, affordable and quality healthcare for economically challenged communities resulted in the creation of a standing committee on health.
In 1999, Brock was appointed chair of the NAACP's Convention Planning Committee, and was unanimously elected vice chairman of the association's national board of directors, becoming the youngest person named to that position.
Brock worked for 10 years in healthcare management at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich., before becoming an executive for Bon Secours Health System in Marriottsville, Md., in 2001. She is currently Bon Secours' vice president of advocacy and government relations.
In addition to her bachelor's degree from Virginia Union University and her master's degree in healthcare administration from George Washington University, Brock has a master's degree in business administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a master of divinity degree from Virginia Union's Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology.
UNT's Distinguished Lecture Series brings world-class speakers to the campus several times during the academic year to present messages that enhance student learning outside the classroom. Previous speakers include President George W. Bush, Robert M. Gates, Robert F. Kennedy, Condoleezza Rice, John Legend and "Mythbusters" Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman.