Chestertown, MD, November 23, 2004 — Washington College's Black Student Union and W.E.B. Dubois Society welcome author and motivational speaker Demitri Kornegay, addressing the topic “Being Black at a Predominately White College Institution: Overcoming Challenges,” Thursday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
A gifted motivational speaker well known for his work with youth in the Washington, DC area, Kornegay has spent more than two decades in law enforcement and currently serves as a lieutenant in the Montgomery County Police Department. Kornegay attended the University of Richmond on a football scholarship and graduated in 1979 with majors in speech communications, theater arts and sociology. Nominated as one of the “Outstanding Teenagers of America” in 1974 and as one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America” in 1984, Kornegay has made it his vocation to motivate and inspire young people to take greater control over their lives and realize their true potential.
As a deacon at Galilee Baptist Church in Suitland, Maryland, Kornegay spearheaded the “Let's Celebrate Our Men Project” which established a “Proud Fathers Roll Call of Honor” in 1991, and in 1992 he developed an award-winning 12-week program for called “Men Under Construction.” The program, which has now been running for 12 years, teaches life skills for personal and professional success such as manners, public speaking, setting a personal budget and choosing right relationships.
Kornegay is also the author of Dear Rhonda: Life Lessons From a Father To His Daughterpublished by Random House. Realizing that his police work put his life on the line everyday, he began writing letters to his daughter so that if he were to die in the line of duty, he would leave a legacy of fatherly advice and life wisdom.