Ann Blackford

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College: Dentistry

Morgan Freeman Event at UK to Benefit Dentistry Scholarship

Published: Mar 27, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry is bringing Academy Award winning actor, director, and producer Morgan Freeman to the Singletary Center for the Arts for "A Conversation with Morgan Freeman" in an interview style presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Drs. Nero and Biggerstaff Diversity Scholarship Endowment at the UK College of Dentistry.

 

Freeman will discuss several of his movies, including "Lean on Me," "Amistad," "The Shawshank Redemption," and "Driving Miss Daisy." A reception will follow for anyone who donates $1,000 or more to the Nero/Biggerstaff Diversity Scholarship fund. Freeman will greet people and offer photos to be made with him and autographs for those who are interested.

 

“The College of Dentistry is extremely grateful to Mr. Freeman for this generous gift of his time and talent to benefit this important scholarship fund," said Sharon Turner, dean of the College of Dentistry. "The subject matter of many of Mr. Freeman’s films provides rich material for an open dialogue on diversity in the United States, and there is no better place for such a dialogue than on the campus of a great university. I would also very much like to acknowledge the hard work of a dedicated group of alumni, led by Dr. Carol Bolton and Dr. Carrie Brown, to get this scholarship created so as to continuously enrich our diversity at the college.”

 

Dr. Benjamin W. Nero ('67) was the first African-American student at the College of Dentistry. With more than 40 years as a practicing orthodontist, he has accomplished much since his humble beginnings in Greenwood, Miss. Upon graduation, he completed a three-year residency in orthodontics at Albert Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia and took over the practice of the first African-American orthodontist in Philadelphia. Throughout his career, he has maintained an active interest in furthering diversity in dentistry.

 

Dr. Joseph Biggerstaff was the first African-American faculty member at the UK College of Dentistry. A native of Richmond, Ky., and the son of a dentist, his impressive work led to grants and recognition for the college, eventually resulting in his appointment as chair of the Division of Orthodontics. His commitment to diversity in dental education continues today and is reflected in the number of students from underrepresented groups who represent the UK College of Dentistry in Kentucky and beyond.                   

                

Established in 2010, the scholarship is open to all qualified College of Dentistry students and awarded in accordance with UK's interest in diversity. Consideration is given, but not limited to dental students who contribute to educational diversity.

 

Tickets to the event are $50 and can be purchased online at http://finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center/how-purchase, or by calling the Singletary Center for the Arts Ticket Office at 859-257-4929.  

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or ann.blackford@uky.edu

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