Graves to Keynote at ABC’s Nannie Helen Burroughs Scholarship Luncheon

Professor Kelisha B. Graves

NASHVILLE, TN — Professor Kelisha B. Graves will be the keynote speaker at the Nannie Helen Burroughs Scholarship Luncheon. Graves recently published her book entitled, Nannie Helen Burroughs: A Documentary Portrait of an Early Civil Rights Pioneer, 1900-1959 was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in May 2019. She has authored/co-authored works in the fields of education, African American history, and philosophy.

Graves, a scholar and researcher, is an Adjunct Instructor and Retention Coordinator at Fayetteville State University, also serves as Coordinator of the University Honors Program and Program Coordinator for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Fleischer HBCU Scholars Program at FSU. She is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education.

The Nannie Helen Burroughs Scholarship Luncheon will be held Wednesday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Baptist World Center, 1700 Baptist World Center Drive. This event, a part of the Garrett/Nabrit Lecture Series, celebrates the accomplishments and innovative nature of Nannie Helen Burroughs in the spirit of 21st century Nashville women and is the Signature Event at American Baptist College in recognition of Women’s History Month. Tickets are $35 each and sponsorships are available.

Nannie Helen Burroughs, born in 1879, was one of our nation’s trailblazers. This African-American leader and agent of change was an orator, innovator, civil and women’s rights activist, and educator. Her speech at the National Baptist Convention in 1900, “How the Sisters Are Hindered from Helping,” sparked the convention and was the seed of the establishment of the National Baptist Convention’s Women’s Auxiliary. In 1909, she founded the National Training School for Women and Girls in Washington, DC, and continued her pivotal work there until her death in 1961.

Frankie Henry

The 2020 Honorees are: Civil Rights Activist Mrs. Frankie Henry, Philanthropist & Community Activist; Mrs. Rosetta Miller Perry, Trailblazer; Attorney C. Dean Deaner, business leader and board member; Mrs. Latrisha Jemison, orator and ABC Alumna; and Rev. Tamika Robinson.

Mrs. Brenda Wynn, Davidson County Clerk, will serve as the emcee for the event.

For more information about the Scholarship Luncheon or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dr. Phyllis Qualls at 615-687-6921 or You may also go to Eventbrite to purchase tickets. 

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