Keynote speaker was Asheville alumnus, George Washington University leader Rodney Johnson
The 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast held at 8:30 a.m. January 16, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza resort in Asheville was a huge success, bringing 1,100 area residents to hear keynote speaker Rodney Johnson, a graduate of Asheville High School and Mars Hill College (now University). Johnson retired in 2015 as Executive Director of Parent Services, Division of Student Affairs, at George Washington University.
He was a star basketball player growing up in North Carolina, and after graduating from Mars Hill he became Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at UNC Asheville and the school’s first Director of the Office of Minority Affairs. Before joining the staff at George Washington University, he served as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Boston University.
Rodney began his career at GWU 29 years ago as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach of the GW Colonials. He was the founder and organizer of the Office of Parent Services, and over 18 years led the University’s outreach to University parents and caregivers. Under his guidance, OPS initiated the Parents’ Association, Parents’ Association Advisory Council, The Parents’ Listserv, and the OPS Web site. Furthermore, the Office of Parent Services has gained a large presence during Spring Visits, Colonial Inauguration, and Colonials Weekend as well as other University events.
The Prayer Breakfast is the largest, most diverse event of its kind in Asheville, each year bringing more than a thousand people of all races, faiths, and backgrounds together to recommit to Dr. King’s Dream and ensuring that the community and the society continue taking steps to make it reality, whatever obstacles we find in our path.
We hope to see you at our 36th annual event on January 14, 2017. Also watch for other MLK Association events throughout the year.