Greater Scranton MLK Commission
The Office of Equity and Diversity is pleased to partner with the Greater Scranton Martin Luther King Commission to host the annual community celebration and awards dinner on Sunday, January 19, 2020 in the McIlhenny Ballroom beginning at 2:30pm. Please contact OED to make your reservation.
The GSMLKC theme for 2020 is ALL Humanity, taken form Dr. King's quote : “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Dr. King's desire and mission to enlighten individuals about the rewards of selflessness and service to the community was at the core of his message and social justice work.
We are honored to have Secretary Brandon Flood of the PA Board of Pardons as the keynote speaker for the annual dinner. Mr. Flood will share his inspirational story of transition from felon to public service. More information on Secretary Flood may be found at https://www.bop.pa.gov/Board-Information/Pages/Board-Secretary.aspx and https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/state-s-pardons-chief-shares-his-redemption-story-at-naacp-banquet-1.2550877.
Please contact Jennifer Pennington at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-941-6645 for event information and reservations.
Keynote Speaker: Brandon Flood
On April 1, 2019, Brandon J. Flood was appointed by the 34th Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Honorable John Fetterman, to serve as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. In this role, Secretary Flood is tasked with serving as the chief administrator for executive clemency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to this appointment, Secretary Flood spent nearly a decade working for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he served in a multitude of professional capacities, including as executive director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.
Following his tenure with the PA House of Representatives, Brandon went on to serve as legislative director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU PA) State Council and as the policy & reporting specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services’ Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO).
Several of his widely recognized professional accomplishments include, but are not limited to, instituting a full-time Equal Opportunity Officer and Equal Opportunity Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, successfully advancing legislation urging the City of Harrisburg, the House Democratic Caucus and the Wolf administration to institute a “ban the box” policy relating to employment opportunities under their respective jurisdictions, and successfully lobbying the City of Harrisburg and the Borough of Steelton to adopt “marijuana decriminalization” ordinances.
When Secretary Flood is not busy shaping public policy on the state and local level, he also serves as a member of the Steelton Zoning Hearing Board.
Scranton High Knight Rhythms
Adding to our special celebration, we are excited to host the Scrnaton High School Performance Choir The Knight Rythms at the annual community dinner who will fill the ballroomm with beautiful meoldies anad harmonies that amaze and inspire!