Dear ASU Leader:
Tune in to WSFA TV 12 today at 11 a.m. to see Alabama State University featured on it honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) AND on other live TV shows on Tuesday, Friday and back-to-back on MLK-Day (next Monday/Jan. 20).
ASU is proud to share with the world the great legacy of Dr. King and his movement, and that he was no stranger to the ASU campus for the years that he and his family were our neighbors on South Jackson St. To that end, we reveal in celebrating and honoring Dr. King and Montgomery’s important civil rights history and the University’s leadership role in it. 
We have booked the following live television shows to honor the national MLK holiday and to showcase ASU’s events and scholars highlighting Dr. King’s important place in America’s history.
ASU’s Citywide MLK Celebration on Friday at the Davis Theater will be featured today on WSFA TV 12’s Alabama Live Show with Tonya Terry at 11 a.m. The University’s archivist and a noted civil rights expert, Dr  Howard Robinson, as well as the founder of ASU’s MLK Celebration, Dr. Tommie Stewart, will appear on the segment.
ASU’s Citywide MLK Celebration on Friday at the Davis Theater will be featured Tuesday on the Alabama News Network’s TV 32 during its 11 news show. The founder of ASU’s MLK Celebration, Dr. Tommie Stewart, will appear on the segment.
The ASU MLK Citywide Celebration at the Davis Theater will be featured on Friday at 6 a.m. on the WAKA TV 8 early morning news to remind local viewers to attend it that day.
On the actual MLK Holiday (Jan. 20), please tune in to both WSFA TV 12’s Alabama Live Show with Tonya Terry at 11 a.m and/or the WAKA TV 8 Noon News with Ellis Eschew as one of ASU’s nationally acclaimed MLK scholars, Dr. Derryn Moten (chair of the ASU Dept. of History & Political Science) appears on both shows back-to-back.
Anyway you look at it; “It’s a Great Time to be a Hornet!”
Kenneth Mullinax, Jr.

Friends for Faulkner to host Neil Diamond Tribute Concert

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Neil Diamond’s music will come alive on Faulkner’s campus as the performers from Cherry Cherry give a tribute concert to support student scholarships with classics like “Sweet Caroline,” “Cherry Cherry,” and much more.

Friends for Faulkner, a volunteer auxiliary group of the university, will host the group on campus on January 25 at 7 p.m. to raise money for students. Tickets are on sale now online at

Although Friends for Faulkner regularly raises funds throughout the year, this will be the largest profile event the organization has arranged and they are expecting to sell out due to Neal Diamonds’ popularity.

Steve Kelly and Cherry Cherry Band create the award-winning Premier Neil Diamond Tribute and has performed over 600 shows in the United States and Canada. They are considered the premier Neil Diamond show as the line- up replicates the same timeless live shows Diamond performs himself. Neil Leslie Diamond, an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor, has had 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time.

Friends for Faulkner raises funds for Friends for Faulkner Student Scholarships, assists the University with purchasing non-budgeted items, assists the University in student recruitment and promotes the ideals of Christian education.

WHAT: “The Neil Diamond Experience”

WHERE: Faulkner University E.L. Collum Rotunda

WHEN: January 25 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

COST: $25 General Admission

To order tickets visit –


About Faulkner

Faulkner University is a private, Christian liberal arts university based in Montgomery, Alabama. With a mission to provide an education anchored not only by intellect but also character and service, the Faulkner experience aims to educate the whole person. Serving both traditional and non-traditional students, the university is home to six colleges: the Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences, the Harris College of Business and Executive Education, the V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies, the College of Education, Faulkner Law and the College of Health Sciences. In addition to its main campus in Montgomery, Faulkner operates extension campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile along with online degree programs.

For more information, visit


Rebecca Burylo

Public Relations and Social Media Manager

Faulkner University

ASU to Co-host Sixth Annual Citywide MLK Celebration!


WHEN: Jan. 17, @ 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.

WHERE: The historic Davis Theater, 251 Montgomery Street, downtown Montgomery.

Alabama State University will co-sponsor the sixth annual historic community-wide celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17, at the historic Davis Theatre in downtown Montgomery. The theme of this year’s event is “Because of them, I am.”        

The event, which is a mixture of music and drama, will feature the MLK Interfaith Community Choir and the ASU Dramatic Guild and ASU BFA Dance Company. 

Performances will be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the matinee and $10 for the evening show. Admission for children ages 10 and under is $7.50 for both performances.

Also during the event, a number of individuals will receive the Beloved Community Award, which commends residents for their exemplary work, leadership and commitment in building Dr. King’s ideal of the “beloved community.”

The goal of the community-wide MLK Celebration is to continue a much-needed dialogue around the teaching of tolerance, unity and peace in the Montgomery area.            

The event is sponsored by Alabama State University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Troy University and Friends of the ASU Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the show at the Davis Theatre Box Office, 251 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, Ala. 

For more information, call 334-229-6755 or visit

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

ASU Receives $25k National Grant to Assist with Student Food Availability & Security!


– California’s ECMC Foundation has awarded $25k to ten universities in Alabama including ASU –

Alabama State University’s Student Affair’s Food Pantry that is located at its Counseling Center has been awarded a grant of $25,000 from the ECMC Foundation through the Alabama Campus Coalition for Basic Needs, which the University is a member.

The grant will support food availability and security for ASU students to help ensure that their nutritional needs are met, which in turn supports student health and student retention according to Dr. Davida Haywood, ASU’s vice president for Student Affairs.

“ASU is pleased to have been awarded this $25,000 grant. The monies and resources received from it will allow the University to continue to provide much needed tangible food services for our students,” Haywood said.  “ASU’s food pantry, under the auspices of the University’s Counseling Center, allows Alabama State’s students to complete a personal inventory prior to having a choice about the types of food they need from it.” 

The aim of the Los Angeles-based ECMC grant is to help students in higher education from underserved populations by enhancing and supporting their basic nutritional needs, which helps them with their health, educational outcomes and ultimately their retention in school.

The Alabama Campus Coalition for Basic Needs is comprised of 10 four-year universities in Alabama, which, like ASU, has each has received a $25k grant from ECMC.

Members of the coalition include: Alabama State University, Alabama A&M University, Auburn, Jacksonville State University, Troy University, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Alabama and University of South Alabama.

Haywood said that through this grant, ASU will be able to acquire additional non-perishable food items for students in-need such as canned and boxed goods and more.

“This grant will also allow us to move towards being able to provide perishable items such as milk, eggs, and butter; as well as helping us to work with our campus garden peers so as to provide fresh produce for students,” Haywood said. “We also have a goal of initiating conversations with our campus food service provider about how unused block dollars on our students’ meal plans can be donated to students in need.”

The supervisor of ASU’s Food Pantry at the University’s Counseling Center is Brenda Kennedy. She says that this grant is just what it needs to expand its campus resources and services for ASU’s students.

“This grant is great for our food pantry and wonderful for our students who sometimes need just a little help at times,” Kennedy said. “The first assistance our Food Pantry received was a gift of $5,000 from ASU’s President, Dr. Quinton Ross, who also understands the importance of addressing the importance of student food needs,” she added.According to a news release, the Alabama Campus Coalition for Basic Needs has as its mission to evaluate activities based on changes in food insecurity prevalence, campus resources and student outcomes; share information on best practices identified as a result of data obtained from all 10-member institutions and ultimately achieve hunger-free campuses statewide across Alabama.

“Our ultimate objective at ASU is to have a zero-hunger campus,” Haywood said.TO HELP @ ASU
To donate funds or food for ASU’s students, contact Brenda Kennedy at ASU’s Student Counseling Center, Room C-150, ASU Hardy Student Center. She may be called at 334-229-4382 or emailed at bkennedy@alasu.eduNews media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

– This story was written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

MPD Conducting Homicide Investigation Following Early Morning Shooting

MONTGOMERY —The Montgomery Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation following the early morning shooting death of Erick Johnson, 19, of Montgomery.

MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 700 block of Coliseum Boulevard on Monday, Jan. 6, at about 1:30 a.m. in reference to a vehicle crash. At the scene, they located a vehicle that crashed into a pole. In the vehicle they located Johnson, the driver, who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The initial investigation indicates that the shooting occurred near the location of the vehicle. The circumstances remain under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time, and no additional information is available for release in connection to this continuing investigation.

Police ask individuals with knowledge of this shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 215- STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000 or MPD at 625-2831.

MPD Arrests Suspect in February Homicide

MONTGOMERY —The Montgomery Police Department has arrested a suspect in the shooting death of Orangeal White, 42 of Montgomery and the attempted murder of an adult female that occurred on February 2, 2019.

MPD charged Elijah Reese, 17, of Montgomery with Capital Murder, Attempted Murder, and Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle in the death of White and the attempted murder of the second victim. Reese was taken into custody on December 23, 2019, charged, and placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility where he will be held with no bond.

About 8:42 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019, MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 1200 block of Marlowe Drive in reference to a subject shot. There, they located two adult female victims who had sustained gunshot wounds and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. White later died from the injuries she sustained during the shooting. 

MPD’s investigation is continuing and there is no further information available for release at this time. Police ask individuals with knowledge of this shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 215- STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000 or MPD at 625-2831. 

Note: A criminal charge is an accusation. The defendant is assumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Lt. Jarrett Williams

Information and Intelligence Unit Commander

Montgomery Police Department

334-625-3775 (Desk)

MPD Investigating Fatal Friday Crash

MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle crash that resulted in one fatality.

On Friday, December 20, 2019 at about 5:04 PM, Montgomery Police and Fire Medics responded to the West Boulevard and Hayneville Road on a two vehicle crash involving a 1995 Ford Explorer and a 2001 Chevrolet Prism. The driver of the Explorer, Joseph Moore, 65, of Montgomery sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to UAB for further treatment. On Sunday, December 22, 2019 Moore was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries. The driver of the second vehicle received minor injuries.

MPD’s initial investigation indicates that the Explorer was traveling westbound on Hayneville Road when it collided with the Prism which was traveling north on the West Boulevard. The investigation is continuing as accident investigators work to determine the circumstances of the crash.

Lt. Jarrett Williams

Information and Intelligence Unit Commander

Montgomery Police Department

334-625-3775 (Desk)

MPD Investigating Fatal Crash

MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle crash that resulted in one fatality.

On Sunday, December 22, 2019 at about 4:09 AM, Montgomery Police and Fire Medics responded to the Northern Boulevard near Lagoon Park on a single vehicle crash involving a 2016 Toyota Camry. The driver, Michael Avery, 50, of Montgomery sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on scene. 

MPD’s initial investigation indicates that the Toyota was westbound on the Northern Boulevard when for some unknown reason it left the roadway striking a tree. The investigation is continuing as accident investigators work to determine the circumstances of the crash.


Montgomery County, Ala. – Jordan Thomas has been sentenced to serve life in prison for the 2012 murder of Dennis Johnson, District Attorney Daryl Bailey announced. Judge J.R. Gaines sentenced Thomas this week after a second Montgomery County jury found him guilty after his original conviction was overturned when the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals held that the jury charges given by the Judge in his first trial were incomplete. Thomas was originally sentenced by Judge Charles Price to 75 years upon his previous conviction. 

The evidence at trial showed that the murder stemmed from an ongoing dispute between Thomas and the victim. Thomas approached and shot the victim while he was sitting on his friend’s porch before fleeing the scene and disposing of the murder weapon. Thomas again claimed self-defense and testified that he shot and killed the victim after the victim produced a gun and pointed it in his direction. Eyewitness testimony disputed that allegation and showed that the victim never produced any kind of weapon before he was shot. 

District Attorney Daryl Bailey expressed his appreciation to Deputy District Attorneys Scott Green, Shanitra Jackson, Ben Gibbons, and MaryLou Bowdre for their work on this case. He also thanked Investigators Andrew Magnus, Terrance James, John Brown, and John Wilson for their tireless efforts in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

District Attorney Bailey said: “I am thankful that this dangerous criminal is once again off the streets of Montgomery. He will now be removed from our community for the rest of his life. Judge Gaines sent a strong message that this senseless violence in our community is unacceptable. The evidence proved that while awaiting his second trial he paid off witnesses and attempted to interfere with the prosecution of his case. Judge Gaines’ sentence demonstrates that we will neither accept, condone, nor tolerate attempts to hinder justice for victims in our county.”

Contact: Daryl Bailey, District Attorney

(334) 832-7179

Women in Business Seminar: ‘Life in Business’ by ASU’s SBDC/Free & Open to All.

Women In Business Conference #WIBC17

WHEN: Today from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Archibald Center, 115 E. Jefferson Street, Montgomery.

Alabama State University’s “Life in Business” seminar is all about its Small Business Development Center teaching business planning strategies for local small businesses that are managed and owned by women entrepreneurs. The purpose of the event is to address the sustainability of their businesses, their ability to retire comfortably, and the financial security of their family.
The event takes place today from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Archibald Center, which is located at 115 E. Jefferson St., Montgomery, Ala.

Topics that will be covered include:
* Strategies to reward and retain top talent in a business organization;
* Business succession;
* Maximizing after-tax income for owners and their families.

The hosts of the event include: Alabama State University’s Small Business Development Center, New York Life, and The National Association of Women Business Owners, Alabama members.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.
– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

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