MLK Diversity Breakfast celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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On Jan. 17 at 8 a.m., the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Department of Communication and Journalism in partnership with The Council on Workforce Innovation and National Organization for Workforce Diversity will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the annual MLK Diversity Breakfast in the university’s Ezell Center. 
Following the MLK Diversity Breakfast, Hughes will speak in Lipscomb’s MASK chapel at 10:55 in Shamblin Theatre and is open to all students. 
This year’s MLK Diversity Breakfast features the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Mayor’s Office, Ashford Hughes. 
In his role at the city, Hughes seeks to engage, convene and lead in developing workforce strategies that connect residents with training opportunities that lead to career paths. 
Hughes served for three years as the community engagement co-chair on the city’s Nashville Next Initiative, and in 2012 he co-founded Nashville New Leaders Council. Hughes served as the co-director for two years training, educating and empowering future generations of progressive political and professional industry leaders, and more then 40 fellows have graduated from this organization since. He serves and has formerly served on several boards in the community including: the Martha O’Bryan Center, Fifty Forward, Nashville Emerging Leaders and the Equality Project. 
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A Nashville Business Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 recipient, the career and volunteer experience Hughes accrued allows him to provide insight on Nashville’s increased commitment to serving a growing multicultural community through equity, strengthening its strategic efforts to invest in diversity and inclusion and supporting minority business owners and community initiatives through engagement. 
Individual tickets are available for $35 and tickets for a table are available for $300. To order tickets visit before Jan. 16 at 4 p.m.