The Greater Scranton Martin Luther King Commission (GSMLKC) will hold its annual celebration and community awards dinner at The University of Scranton, Sunday, Jan. 19, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.
Brandon Flood, secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, will be the keynote speaker. Scranton High School’s The Knight Rhythms will also perform at the event.
In his position for the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, Secretary Flood serves as the chief administrator for executive clemency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to this appointment, he spent nearly a decade working for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he served in several professional capacities, including as executive director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. He also served as legislative director for the Service Employees International Union State Council and as the policy and reporting specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services’ Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities.
Secretary Flood is also a member of the Steelton Zoning Hearing Board.
Secretary Flood’s professional accomplishments include instituting a full-time Equal Opportunity Officer and Equal Opportunity Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and successfully advancing legislation urging the City of Harrisburg, the House Democratic Caucus and the Wolf administration to institute a “ban the box” policy, also called Fair-Chance hiring policy, that removes the criminal conviction question from non-civil service employment applications under their respective jurisdictions. He also helped to successfully lobby the City of Harrisburg and the Borough of Steelton to adopt “marijuana decriminalization” ordinances.
Tickets for this event are $25 and can be reserved at www.safdn.org/mlk-event or by contacting Jennifer Pennington at The University of Scranton’s Office of Equity and Diversity by email at email@example.com or by phone at 570-903-9450.