kenneth morris

Frigid weather throughout the area forced Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region to cancel three planned high school convocations with its 2019 featured “Doing the Dream” speaker Kenneth Morris on Tuesday and Wednesday.

However, a student convocation is still planned for 11 a.m. today at Kokomo Event and Conference Center ahead of tonight’s 6 p.m. banquet at Bel Air Events, according to a release from the school.

Today’s convocation is set to take place today even if schools are closed. If parents can offer transportation, then students in seventh grade and up, along with their parents, are invited to join in the convocation. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. No reservations are required. Questions can be emailed to professor Amber Williams at awilliams480@ivytech.edu.

Morris is the descendant of two famous figures in American history – the great-great-great grandson of abolitionist, author and orator Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of ground-breaking educator Booker T. Washington. He’ll be speaking on “history, human rights, and the power of one” at the convocation.

“What I enjoy most about my job is the time I spend with students,” Morris said in an interview Tuesday. “Obviously to have the program cancelled is disappointing. I feel badly for the students and also I was so looking forward to having an opportunity to dialogue with them.”

Ivy Tech had planned today’s convocation for invited high school and college students from around the area as part of a three-day series of activities to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peru, Logansport and Kokomo were all forced to cancel their convocations which were set to take place Tuesday and Wednesday at each of the high schools.

In light of those cancellations, Ivy Tech is extending today’s invitation to seventh graders and above in order to allow more students to hear the nationally recognized human rights advocate.

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