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See what other people are saying about this extraordinary person. How almost everyone you ask has for the most part, similar thoughts.

“like the writings of Zora Neale Hurston, have the common touch. She’s an authentic voice of urban American-an uncompromising and unyielding champion of the downtrodden.”

DeWayne Wickham, Retired USA Today columnist, Dean of Morgan State University global journalism and communication.
“Betty’s columns “are a testament to her love for the human race. She scolds us when we do wrong. She praises us when we do good. She defends us when we are under attack and she challenges us when we are complacent. You have to respect a sister like that.”
Vanessa Williams ,Washington Post


Betty has addressed audiences across the U.S. and abroad. Though many of her speeches focus on writing and journalism, she is also a sought after speaker on African American history, urban affairs, women, social justice, politics, volunteerism and faith. Below is an abbreviated list of her appearances.

The Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference*

Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association Conference (Pittsburgh)

Poynter Institute for Media Studies* (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Kentucky High School Press Association

Presentation Academy on Column-Writing

The Oregonian All-Industry Minority Job Fair (Portland)

National Forum for Black Public Administrators´ Executive Leadership Institute*

NAACP (New Albany, Ind.) Freedom Banquet

NAACP (Kansas City, Mo.) Freedom Banquet

National Council of Negro Women, Louisville Section*

Chestnut Street YMCA Black Achievers* (Louisville)

North Carolina A&T State University*

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville*

Kentucky State University

Jefferson Community College* (Louisville, KY)

Texas Women´ s University

Troy State University (Montgomery, Ala.)

Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY)

The Ohio State University

Technical College of the Low Country (Beaufort, SC)

Walden School Commencement Address

Louisville Junior League

Kentucky State Government Martin Luther King Day speaker (Frankfort)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Louisville)

River City Professional Women

Downtown (Louisville) Rotary Club

New Zion Baptist Church (Louisville, KY)

Canaan Missionary Baptist Church (Louisville);

Church of the Ascension-United Presbyterian (New York)

Plymouth Congregational Church (Louisville, KY)

Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church (Louisville, KY)

Brown Memorial C.M.E. Church (Louisville, KY)

St. Martin de Pores Catholic Church (Louisville, KY)

Central United Presbyterian Church (Louisville, KY)

Strawbridge United Methodist Church (New Windsor, Md.)

*Multiple invitations to speak

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