Civil Rights Museum Owner to serve as keynote speaker for Penn Valley’s African-American History Month Celebration

D'Army Bailey to speak on “Civil Rights: Wake Me When it's Over!”D’Army Bailey to speak on “Civil Rights: Wake Me When it’s Over!”

MCC-Penn Valley will present a civil rights champion as keynote speaker for its African-American History Month Celebration. D’Army Bailey – attorney, former judge, civil rights activist, author and actor – will speak on “Civil Rights: Wake Me When it’s Over!”

The presentation will be held on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building, Room 101 (Little Theater) at MCC-Penn Valley, 3201 Southwest Trafficway.

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.

“We are delighted to host Mr. Bailey, who is truly visionary and committed to preserving the nation’s civil rights heritage for generations to come. The presentation promises to be informative and inspirational as Mr. Bailey makes the case for why the topic of civil rights continues to be relevant to all Americans,” says Joe Seabrooks, president of MCC-Penn Valley.

The presentation is 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.