“Passing The Torch Of Unity” Program Slated for Jan. 22

Photo of Harry Moppins

The director of minority business enterprise with the St. Louis Minority Business Council will be the keynote speaker at an event titled “Passing the Torch of Unity” planned for Jan. 22 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Harry Moppins, who will speak on ethical business practices, has more than 20 years of experience in human resources working for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. He also has served as a human resources consultant. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and has completed two graduate degrees in business from Webster University.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom and is open to the public. “Passing the Torch of Unity” will feature an address by Moppins and musical tributes. The program also will feature small breakout sessions, in which groups will report back on how to impact diversity on campus. A reception will follow.

“Passing the Torch of Unity” is being sponsored by the Office of the President, Donald L. Harrison College of Business, Southeast student organizations and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee.

Moppins is a native of St. Louis and was educated in the St. Louis Public School System. He currently is employed by the St. Louis Minority Business Council, one of the leading business membership organizations in the country. His primary responsibility is certifying minority owned businesses and providing them with access and the technical assistance, training and support they need to grow and market their products and services to prospective buyers and to work with developing mentor/protégé teams. Aside from his work, Moppins is actively involved in the community and civic organizations, and serves on boards of several not-for-profit companies.

For more information, call Ruby Jones at (573) 339-4429 or Michelle Irby at (573) 651-2280.