Freedom Center president to speak on campus during Black History Month

Edwin Rigaud to present Personal Histories: Struggles, Triumphs and Lessons Learned | January 16, 2004

Xavier University's Williams College of Business is joining with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and Procter & Gamble in sponsoring a Black History Month event featuring Edwin Rigaud, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC).

The event, titled "Personal Histories: Struggles, Triumphs and Lessons Learned," is on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 6:00 p.m. at the Schiff Family Conference Center, and is free and open to the public.

Rigaud is sharing his personal story of his life and career. A member of the University’s board of trustees, Rigaud is a retired vice president of Procter & Gamble who has served on many boards and committees, including the National Board of Trustees for Tulane University, the Ohio Board of Regents and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Board of Trustees.

A panel of speakers, who also are sharing their own personal struggles, triumphs and lessons learned, are joining Rigaud. The panel includes Sam Malone, Cincinnati City Councilman; Denise Smith-Amos, Cincinnati Enquirer reporter; Cecil Thomas, executive director of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission; Carl Westmoreland, senior advisor at the NURFC; and Otis Williams, president of Otis Williams Limitless.

Cathy McDaniels Wilson, who holds joint appointments as associate professor with the University's department of psychology and director of dialogue for the NURFC, is moderating the panel discussion. Rev. Prescott Mingo is delivering the invocation.

A question-and-answer session is following the presentation, and a reception is concluding the event.

To register, contact the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce's customer focus center at 513 579-3111. Or, for more information, contact Thomas Clark, professor of management and entrepreneurship at Xavier, at 513 745-2025.