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Senator Reginald Thomas

Reginald L. Thomas was elected to the office of State Senator from the13th Senate District of Kentucky in December, 2013. His Senate District is self-contained within City of Lexington and includes downtown Lexington and the University of Kentucky. Within in the Senate, he serves on the Education, Health and Welfare, and Economic Development and Tourism Committees. Senator Thomas is also a tenured professor at Kentucky State University where he teaches courses in the fields of business law and criminal law. He is a practicing attorney in central Kentucky with over thirty-five years of experience in the fields of business, corporate, and securities law. His area of legal practice includes business formations, commercial loan closings, contract drafting and negotiation, and commercial litigation. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School and a member of the Kentucky, District of Columbia, and Massachusetts Bar Associations. Senator Thomas and his wife Lynda have been married for thirty-five years and together they have three children, Johanna, Leonard, and William Philip and two granddaughters, Rosalyn and Abigail.     



Dr. Ricky L. Jones

Dr. Ricky L. Jones is Professor and Chair of the University of Louisville's Department of Pan-African Studies.  He is also Director of the University's “Center on Race and Inequality” (CRI). An Atlanta, Georgia native, Jones was educated at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), Morehouse College, and the University of Kentucky (where he was only the second African-American to receive a Ph.D. in Political Science).

 His books include: “Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities (2004) which explores the philosophical reasons behind black fraternity hazing and What’s Wrong with Obamamania?: Black America, Black Leadership, and the Death of Political Imagination (2008). The expanded anniversary edition of Black Haze is due in 2015. He has also written scores of scholarly and magazine articles, book chapters, and opinion columns. 

 Dr. Jones has served as a local, national, and international social and political analyst across various media including appearances on “Democracy Now with Amy Goodman”, HBO's “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”, CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360”, a variety of NPR and PBS programs, BET, E! Entertainment, Al Jazeera in English, The Katie (Couric) Show, and others.

 He is also a columnist for Louisville’s most popular alternative weekly paper, the “Louisville Eccentric Observer” (LEO) and Atlanta Black  His monthly column, “Keeping Up With The Jones”, is a three-time winner of the Best Minority Reporting Award from the Louisville Society of Professional Journalists.  Among many other professional recognitions, he has been named one of DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education’s “25 to Watch” in Academia.

 He is a Life-Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.



Vic Carter - WJZ TV Anchor

For 30 years Vic Carter has approached his job with this philosophy: if the story is important enough to tell, it’s important enough for him to go there and to take you with him. Vic has followed stories and taken viewers around the world; from the jungles of Colombia in South America; to the dusty roads of Western Africa; to communist Cuba; to the White House in Washington, D.C. and all across the country.

Vic was the only Baltimore television journalist to take viewers to the funeral of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Italy. For six days he anchored Eyewitness News coverage live from Italy. Vic has covered some of the world’s biggest news stories – to those right around the corner that affect you each and every day.

Since 1995, Vic has been delivering the news for WJZ-TV. He anchors newscasts at 4, 6 & 11. His history in television shows he is an accomplished journalist who is more than willing to leave the studio and to take on the tough stories and interview the important people. In his career he has met and interviewed six Presidents of the United States and other notables in contemporary history, including Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Colin Powell, Roslyn Carter, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Muhammad Ali and tennis legend Arthur Ashe to name a few.

He began his career two days after graduating with honors from Morehead State University. He now serves on the board of trustees for the MSU Foundation and has been a visiting lecturer and Black Scholar in Residence. His career path has taken him to jobs at WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Va., WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., WSB-TV in Atlanta Ga. and finally WJZ-TV in Baltimore.

At the age of 23, Vic received broadcasting’s highest honor, the George Foster Peabody Award. He was named Journalist of the Year by The School of Journalism at the University of Georgia and was inducted into the National Association for Black Journalists Hall of Fame.

Vic believes in helping to make the Baltimore community stronger by volunteering his time and lending his energy to a number of non-profit organizations. He is on the advisory committee for the Open Society Institute founded by billionaire George Soros and has been a guest lecturer at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. Vic is most proud of his involvement as a committee chairman for the foundation that developed and constructed the $120 million memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C.

He is an active member of the prestigious National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Vic is an avid collector of fine art and has donated a portion of his extensive collection to two churches, one in Charlotte, N.C. and another in his hometown of Radford, Va. In addition he has commissioned large scale pieces of art for each location. It is his hope to inspire young minds and encourage others to be creative and to be likewise philanthropic.


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