‘Judge Penny’ closing speaker at Leadership Conference

Published 11:00 pm Monday, January 13, 2014

Judge Penny Brown Reynolds will be the featured speaker at the closing session of the 2014 Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month, Feb. 7 and 8 at the Trojan Center Theater on the campus of Troy University.

Brown will speak at the luncheon at noon on Feb. 8.

Shelia Jackson, City of Troy tourism and public relations director, said Reynolds has distinguished herself as a voice of wisdom, reason and change.

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“Judge Penny is an Emmy-nominated, multi-gifted national television personality. She presides over the internationally syndicated television show, ‘Family Court with Judge Penny,’” Jackson said. “She is an eloquent speaker and television commentator on the most relevant current issues involving law, politics, religion, as well as women and children’s issues.”

Brown Reynolds served as a state trial court judge in Atlanta, Georgia for nearly a decade. She is a former prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General.

“Her legal career includes a historic position as Executive Counsel to Georgia’s Governor, where she was the first African American to hold such a position,” Jackson said. “Ebony and Jet magazines recognized her for this historic accomplishment.”

Brown Reynolds lectures across this country at numerous colleges and universities, conferences and conventions. She assists corporations with diversity issues and crisis management. Brown Reynolds earned a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, from Georgia State University after three years of study, a juris doctor from Georgia State University College of Law and a master’s degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center, graduating first in her class with highest honors. She is the recipient of numerous awards and is a member of numerous bar associations.

The Rev. Bernice King, the daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, will be the keynote speaker at the African American Leadership Conference.

She will speak at the Conference’s opening session at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

The Conference will begin with check-in at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at the Trojan Center on the campus of Troy University. The opening session will begin at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, the plenary sessions will be from 8:15 until 11:30 a.m. The luncheon and closing speaker will be from noon until 1:30 p.m. Tentative speakers for the plenary sessions are Judge Steven L. Reed, Marquita Davis and the Rev. John Ed Mathison.

Tickets for the conference are $30. For ticket information, contact Barbara Patterson at 334-670-3204 or Jackson at 670-2283.

The African-American Leadership Conference is presented by Troy University and the City of Troy. Primary sponsors of the conference are Walmart, SD James Evangelistic Association and Troy Bank and Trust.