Packed house cheers Civil Rights champion

D'Army BaileyMCC-Penn Valley closed out African American History month with reflections from D’Army Bailey – attorney, former judge, civil rights activist, author and actor. His presentation on “Civil Rights: Wake Me When it’s Over” was delivered to a packed house of eager attendees.

Bailey, along with several Memphis investors, purchased the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.  The Lorraine Motel has since been restored and transformed into the National Civil Rights Museum.

“Mr. Bailey delivered an inspirational presentation on the legacy of the civil rights movement. It was an amazing experience our campus was fortunate to host,” says Joe Seabrooks, president of MCC-Penn Valley.

 About the Brooks Institute

The presentation was part of the Brooks Institute, one of the Metropolitan Community College’s Centers of Excellence. Named after Kansas City Criminal Justice Advocate Alvin Brooks, the initiative centers on crime prevention, criminal justice and contemporary issues associated with violence. 

 The mission of the Brooks Institute is to prepare students academically for the broad field of criminal justice and career opportunities, engage the broader community in discussions and resolutions regarding crime and analyze the effects of policy on urban criminality.