Atlanta mayor will give keynote address at BFSO luncheon

Athens, Ga. – Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin will deliver the keynote address at the Black Faculty and Staff Organization’s (BFSO) third annual Founders Award Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 25.

“Shirley Franklin is a dynamic speaker and one of the most visible mayors in the country today,” said Linda Brawner, BFSO president. “We are certain that her talk will be both informative and thought provoking.”

A limited number of tickets remain for the luncheon, which is from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The luncheon will include the presentation of a $500 scholarship to one undergraduate student and one graduate student.

Single tickets cost $30; tables, which seat eight people, are available for $240. Proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the scholarship program. No tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the luncheon.

Tickets may be obtained from Brawner (706/542-1439), committee chair Debra Watson (dlwatson@uga.edu, 706/769-4362) or any other member of the planning committee: Melanie Andrews (706/542-3242), Sige Burden (706/542-9756), Dexter Fisher (706/542-7366), or Deborah Strong (706/542-7306).

The first female mayor in Atlanta’s history, Franklin was named Governing magazine’s 2004 Public Official of the Year and received the 2005 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Howard University and her master’s degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.