Senator Vincent Hughes to speak at Shippensburg University
The thirty second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March for Humanity will take place at Shippensburg University on January 31, 2019 at 3:30PM in Old Main Chapel. This year’s march will feature guest speaker Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes.
Hughes was elected in 2010 to be the Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He has been a member of the Pennsylvania Senate for over twenty years. He served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1987 to 1994 and was the chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus from 1991 to 1994.
Senator Hughes has been a champion on major policy issues such as expanding health care for low-income workers, raising the minimum wage, defending the right to vote, fighting for increased funding for public education, and rebuilding Pennsylvania’s distressed communities.
He recently received national attention for his bold proposal for universal voter registration. He has been recognized both locally and nationally for his work on HIV/AIDS, and the challenges of mental/behavioral health in the African-American community. His commitment to creating access to college is demonstrated through his service on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and the Cheyney University Council of Trustees.
The march will follow Senator Hughes’s speech. This event is sponsored by the African American Organization, ACT, Multicultural Student Affairs.