Inauguration 2022

2022 LeMoyne-Owen College Inauguration

The Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College
requests the honor of your presence
at the presidential investiture of

LeMoyne-Owen College

Thursday the fifth day of
May two thousand twenty-two
at four o’clock in the afternoon
Lemoyne-Owen College | Brownlee Lawn

Memphis, Tennessee

2022 LeMoyne-Owen College Inauguration

The Magic of Possibilities!

The ability to imagine pervades our entire existence. It influences everything we do, think about, and create. It leads to elaborate theories, dreams, and inventions in any profession from the realms of academia to engineering and the arts. Ultimately, imagination influences everything we do. We each can use our imagination to create a better tomorrow. This is a gift that allows us to change the world around us.


Inauguration 2022

May 4-6 2022

Thursday, May 5, 2022

LeMoyne-Owen College
BrownLee Lawn

Dr. Vernell Bennett-Fairs began her tenure as the 13th president of
LeMoyne-Owen College on January 5, 2021. Dr. Bennett-Fairs is the second woman chosen to lead the only historically black college in Memphis, TN.

Technology Revolution

A Showcase Of The Institutions Legacy and Projections for The Future

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 10 am-2pm

National Civil Rights Museum

Cybersecurity as part of the growing Black Tech Ecosystem

With the increased use of Cloud-based business transformation technologies, organizations operating in high-tech sectors will face a diverse and evolving threat landscape, making cybersecurity more important than ever. The global technology market has seen strong growth over recent years.

Keynote by Tony Sharp, Booz Allen Hamilton SVP 

  •  Workshop 1: IoT Security (Anthony Perry)
  • Workshop 2: Network and internet security (Richard Berroa)
  • Workshop 3: Cybersecurity in K-12 (Lakshmi Visvanathan)
  • Workshop 4: Cyber Defense against financial and corporate attacks (PCI-DSS Jimmy Butler)

Inauguration Leadership Luncheon

A Showcase of the Institution’s Legacy and Projections for the Future

Thursday, May 5, 2022

The Guest House

at Graceland

Erika James, Ph.D., Dean 
Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

Dean Erika James consistently raises the bar in higher education as an award-winning educator, leading expert in her field, and respected mentor who has paved the way for women leaders. She was the first woman and first person of color to be appointed dean of the Wharton School in the institution’s 139-year history.


You are cordially invited to join LeMoyne-Owen College
President Vernell Bennett-Fairs, Ed.D. for the President’s Inaugural Gala

Celebrate the Growing and Changing Legacy of LeMoyne-Owen College.

The Columns| 45 S 2nd St, | Memphis, TN 38103
Ticket Prices: $150.00 by April 15, 2022
Chairman’s Table of 8 | $5,000

Freddie Jackson & Midnight Star
Hosted By Malinda Williams, Actress

Malinda Williams

Malinda Williams is an American actress and producer. She began her career on television, before appearing in films A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, High School High, and The Wood.

From 2000 to 2004, Williams starred as Tracy “Bird” Van Adams in the Showtime drama series Soul Food, for which she received three NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series nominations. Williams also played supporting roles in Idlewild (2006), Daddy’s Little Girls (2007), First Sunday (2008), and 2 Days in New York (2012).


Freddie Jackson is an American soul singer known for his sensual slow jams and songs that serenade. The sensual and introspective sides of Freddie Jackson are on full on display on Classics like “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)”, “Have You Ever Loved Somebody,” “Jam Tonight,” “Do Me Again,” “Tasty Love,” “You Are My Lady” and “Nice & Slow,”  which have been a part of our soundtrack for romance.

Midnight Star

Midnight Star was a synth-funk group that had a string of R&B hits in the ’80s. They hit the R&B charts with early singles like “Hot Spot” and “I’ve Been Watching You.” Their fourth album, No Parking on the Dance Floor released in 1983, took them to the top of the charts with the first single, “Freak-A-Zoid,” which went to number two, on the R&B charts and propelled the album to platinum status. Their next album, Planetary Invasion was almost as big, going platinum again and making the pop Top 20 and the number one spot on the R&B charts with its first single, “Operator.”