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Actor and activist Lamman Rucker to deliver keynote address during LOC's 149th Commencement May 11

“Greenleaf” actor and activist Lamman Rucker will keynote LOC's 149th Commencement

“Greenleaf” actor and activist Lamman Rucker will deliver the commencement address during LeMoyne-Owen College’s 149th Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church-Westwood at 620 Parkrose Rd.

Larry Dodson, the multi-gold and platinum selling singer, songwriter, and producer who for almost five decades was the lead singer of The Bar-Kays, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from LeMoyne-Owen. The honor recognizes Dodson’s contributions to the music industry, support of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and as a co-founder of the Allen Jones/Marjorie Barringer/Bar-Kays Scholarship.

One hundred forty-nine graduates will receive Bachelors of Arts, Science and Business degrees in a number of disciplines. Four associate degrees also will be awarded.

Greenleaf chronicles the “unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch.” It appears on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and Netflix.

According to his biography, Rucker is an actor, educator, activist and entrepreneur, whose career platform has been used to influence, educate and ignite communities through artistic and academic innovation. He currently has a recurring role in the original TV drama series “Greenleaf,” now in its fourth season.

Rucker’s other acting credits include Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married” film sequel and the hit film/sitcom “Meet The Browns.” He also has appeared in recent films such as BET’s “The Man in 3B” and “Black Coffee;” UPtv’s “Where is The Love,” as well as the feature film “Service to Man.”

A passionate activist; Rucker has relentlessly advocated for social justice, community empowerment, health and more since his youth. He is a spokesperson for several charitable efforts and community action initiatives, including the American Heart Association, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Association of Black Cardiologists, The Black AIDS Institute, BMe Community, The Magic Johnson Foundation and his nonprofit The Black Gents, an all-male ensemble of actors driven to resurrect the positive images of black males through thought-provoking, high quality entertainment, youth empowerment initiatives and community service.

With a Master’s in Education and as a former high school teacher; Rucker dedicates substantive resources to youth empowerment, using his teaching gift in educational capacities.

On Friday evening, May 10, LOC will hold its annual Lantern Service, featuring this year’s keynote speaker Dr. Andrea Curry, a sought-after motivational speaker, and passionate healthcare advocate and researcher.

She is a graduate of Memphis’ Hillcrest High School and Christian Brothers University. She obtained her PhD in Health Services from Walden University in 2018. Her research evaluated the relationship between racial health disparities and the patient-provider relationship.

Dr. Curry began the process of publishing her first book, titled “Mind To Heart Motivational Thoughts,” which is now available for purchase through major booksellers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ITunes.

The service begins at 7 p.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Ave., next door to the college. It is preceded by a 6:45 p.m. procession of faculty and staff, adorned in their academic regalia, from the LOC campus to the church.

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