The annual Maxwell-Roddey Lecture fulfills the vision of the UNC Tomorrow on University Outreach and Engagement. The lecture is envisioned as an annual intellectual and social forum to engage with and connect to the Charlotte region’s diverse populations by facilitating the communication and translation of research, scholarship, and original ideas on the African Diaspora to a broad audience.
In 2009 Mr. James Ferguson III, served as the inaugural speaker. Mr. Ferguson is a partner in the law firm Ferguson-Stein.
In 2010 Dr. Ronald L. Carter, President of Johnson C. Smith University addressed emerging paradigms on the transformative roles of education in community, regional and national development in a lecture titled Avoiding the Perfect Storm: A Vision of Excellence in the Emerging New Majority.
The 2011 guest lecturer for the Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Lecture was the Honorable Terry Bellamy who combined topics on youth empowerment to deliver the keynote address.
The 2012 guest lecturer was J. Lorand Matory, Professor, Duke University. Dr. Matory's topic as Global Migrations and the Crisis of Identity in Black America
The 2014 guest lecturer was Dr. Yele Aluko, Senior Vice President at Novant Health, and Medical Director of the Novant Health and Heart Vascular Institute, Charlotte NC
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Charlotte Papers in Africana Studies, No. 6: Banishing Equality: Poverty, Plenty, and Exclusion in North Carolina by Gene Nichol (Audio: Lecture and Q&A)