Greater Scranton MLK Commission


Unarmed Truth and Unconditional Love

Bestselling Author to present MLK Day Community Event – The Unarmed Truth

In celebration and continuance of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Greater Scranton MLK Commission will host a live webinar given by psychologist, international speaker and bestselling author Dr. John Amaechi, OBE, on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required. To register, visit

 In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1964, Dr. King spoke of his resolve to end racial and social injustice to bring peace not only to our nation, but to all nations. He said, “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”

 The GSMLKC will host The Unarmed Truth: A Conversation with Dr. John Amaechi, OBE, delving into unarmed truth in an effort to inspire and move our community towards equitable justice, and unconditional love.

 “Be prepared to be inspired and transformed as Dr. Amaechi challenges the beliefs and behaviors that prevent us from being our best selves and community, and offers personal insights and tools to create hope and individual growth,” says GSMLKC publicist, Jennifer Pennington, who brought Dr. Amaechi to The University of Scranton as an organizational speaker in 2012.

 Currently a respected organizational psychologist, researcher, and CEO of APS Ltd., Amaechi graduated from Penn State University and was the first Briton to become a professional player in the NBA.  He serves as a non-executive director of a £2.4bn healthcare organization, in addition to being a board advisor for several FTSE100 organizations in the financial, legal, and professional services, technology, publishing, engineering and retail sectors, and CEO of his company APS Ltd.  In 2019, John was recognized as one of HR’s most influential thinkers by HR Magazine.

 Amaechi leads a team of psychologists, behavioral scientists, and experienced business strategists that design and deliver evidence-based advisory interventions to service clients with people challenges that impact organizational performance. As a highly sought-after trainer and executive coach, Amaechi is contracted to “understand and unpick complex people challenges through advisory services driven by analytics, motivational presentations, workshops and masterclasses, executive coaching and digital learning.”

 This event is being offered to the community free of charge thanks to a sponsorship from Geisinger. For more information and registration, please visit Information on John Amaechi may be found at

 Questions contact Jennifer Pennington at 570-903-9450 or email



Nationwide protests in the wake of the killings of George Floyd and other Black people have brought renewed attention to longstanding issues of racism and social justice. Talking about race can be difficult, but with curiosity, knowledge, and empathy, it is possible to come together as a community to listen, learn, and work for change.


This series is a project of the Greater Scranton Martin Luther King Commission in collaboration with: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Johnson College, Lackawanna College, Marywood University, Penn State Scranton, and The University of Scranton. These recorded sessions are available to the public to continue these important conversations. Click on the links below to access the video recordings of the presentations. Full inforamtion including speaker bios and follow up materials may be found at
    • Arthur Breese, Director of Diversity, Geisinger
    • Teresa Grettano, PhD, Associate Professor of English/Theatre, The University of Scranton
    • Moderator: Cathy Ann Hardaway, President, Greater Scranton MLK Commission
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Video Recording
    • Leon John, PhD, Director of Alumni Engagement, East Stroudsburg University
    • Jessica Nolan, PhD, Professor of Psychology, The University of Scranton
    • Moderator: Ida Castro, JD, MLK Commission, GCSOM
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Video Recording
    • Glynis Johns, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Black Scranton Project
    • Yerodin Lucas, PhD, Interim Director Office of Equity & Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator, Marywood University
    • Moderator: Lia Richards Palmiter, PhD, MLK Commission, Marywood University
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Video Recording