Mills College Convocation Speaker 2019 Will Inspire, Activate, and Lift Spirits

Oakland, CA–September 16, 2019

Crystal Jones Lucky

Convocation marks the formal beginning of the new academic year. Our community gathers to celebrate the graduating class, honor the academic achievements of students, and welcome alumnae who have returned to campus for Reunion. Faculty who have been selected for prestigious awards, have earned certificates of commendation, and have been selected for endowed chairships will also be recognized.

We are excited to welcome activist, reverend, and scholar Dr. Crystal J. Lucky as our Convocation speaker this year.

Dr. Lucky is currently the Associate Dean of Baccalaureate Studies for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of English at Villanova University. Dr. Lucky holds a PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania (1999), an MA in African American Studies from Yale University (1989), and a BA in English and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania (1985).

Since 1996, Dr. Lucky has taught courses in 19th- and 20th-century African American literature, including slave and spiritual narratives, the Harlem Renaissance, the African American short story, and the work of novelist Toni Morrison and playwright August Wilson.

Most recently, she published a critical edition of the autobiography of the Reverend Charlotte Riley, a 19th-century black preaching woman born into South Carolina slavery, A Mysterious Life and Calling: From Slavery to Ministry in South Carolina (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016). Dr. Lucky’s current work-in-progress, Relentless Hearts: A Journey of Time, Love and Perseverance, tells the story of Michael and Debbie Africa (with their son, Michael, Jr.), the first two members of the MOVE 9 who were released from prison after a 40-year sentence for the death of a Philadelphia police officer during a standoff between MOVE and the police in 1978.

Along with her husband, Timmy, Dr. Lucky is a pastor at Sword of the Spirit Church in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.

The Convocation ceremony is:

Friday, September 20, 2019
Littlefield Concert Hall
10:15 am–11:30 am

More event details are provided here.

About Mills College:
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of the Best 385 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers and leaders who take and inspire action. Take a virtual tour.