July 24, 2013
United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown will deliver the keynote address at the summer commencement exercises of Bishop State Community College on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
The graduation ceremony will take place in the Yvonne Kennedy Auditorium of the Baker-Gaines Central Campus at 6 p.m. The campus is located at 1365 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. One hundred forty-nine (149) students are candidates to receive degrees or certificates this summer.
President Barack Obama nominated Brown on August 6, 2009, to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. He was confirmed by the United State Senate on November 21, 2009, and reported to duty on December 4, 2009, as the first African-American to serve as a United States Attorney in the history of the State of Alabama.
Since beginning his service as United States Attorney, Brown has spearheaded an effort to help ex-offenders successfully re-enter society without committing new crimes or returning to jail. The initiative – Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Offenders Pursue Excellence) tries to address the needs of the ex-offender including transportation, vocational training, housing, and employment. As part of ., Brown has hosted an Ex-Offender Employment Workshop and an Ex-Offender Only Job Fair.