Kentucky State University is celebrating the observance of Atwood Day in remembrance of the late Rufus B. Atwood, the University’s ninth and longest-serving president, Thursday, March 26 during its Atwood Day Assembly.

This year’s observance begins with an assembly in the Carl H. Smith Auditorium in David H. Bradford Hall featuring Assembly speaker Dr. Ricky L. Jones, professor and chair of the University of Louisville Department of Pan-African Studies.

According to his website, Jones has emerged as a strong public scholar doing innovative work on American race, politics, leadership and male identity. Jones has served as a local, national and international social and political analyst across various media including appearances on the BBC, Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti, Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, The Katie Couric Show, E! Entertainment, a variety of NPR and PBS programs, BET and Al Jazeera in English.

Jones has served as a Lyman T. Johnson Fellow at the University of Kentucky and a National Science Foundation Multi-Cultural Teaching Fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jones’ books include two editions of Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities and What’s Wrong With Obamamania?: Black America, Black Leadership, and the Death of Political Imagination. Jones is currently working on a new book titled Colin, Confederates, and Con-Artists: Essays on Race, Sport and America.

Jones is the host of the award-winning “Ricky Jones Show” on The REAL 93.1 FM Louisville, as well as a contributing columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal and Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO). Jones was previously named one of Louisville’s 25 Young Future Leaders by Louisville Magazine and was recognized as one of DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education’s 25 to Watch in Academia.

Atwood Day is an initiative of the Atwood Institute for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal. The Assembly is free and open to the public.