Join Us for the Regional MLK Celebration with Ruth D. Jones, Ph.D.

Please join us the week of Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at SVSU’s Curtiss Hall for the region-wide MLK Celebration. Our Foundation, alongside Midland Area Community Foundation and Saginaw Community Foundation, will award the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Scholarship to outstanding high school seniors who have demonstrated Dr. King’s teachings. The event will also feature a presentation from Keynote Speaker Ruth D. Jones, Ph.D.

Dr. Ruth D. Jones is the Branch Chief for Industrial Safety Branch at NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She became the first woman to receive a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1994. Six years later, she was the second African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics in the state of Alabama. In her career, Jones thrived in an industry where professionals rarely looked like her. Many of her peers are male, and most are white.

Lauded as one of NASA’s Modern Figures, Jones travels the nation as a motivational speaker in hopes of inspiring youth to seek career in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) feields. She also wants to serve as a role model for other women and minorities.

“No matter what your color is, no matter what your gender is, what matters is what’s in your head,” she said in a 2017 interview. “For the ones who made it out and have good jobs, we need to go back to those communities and serve as role models to show those students that STEM is the way to go.”

We hope you’ll join us.

Complete and up-to-date details on the event can be found at

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 • 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts
Curtiss Hall, Saginaw Valley State University

There will also be a special screening of the film Hidden Figures at SVSU on Tuesday, January 21. It is free and open to the public. Following the film will be a fireside chat with Dr. Ruth D. Jones as one of today’s “modern figures.”


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