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Oral and Facial Surgeon to Speak at
Lane College Summer Commencement

Lane College President Logan Hampton has announced that Dr. Keith Taylor will be the commencement speaker at the college's Commencement Convocation on Sunday, June 21, 2015, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the J. F. Lane Health and Physical Education Building on campus. In an accompanying statement, Hampton said, "We are thrilled that Dr. Taylor has agreed to speak to our graduating seniors on their very special day, and we are particularly proud of the fact that he is coming home to his alma mater to share a vital message. Dr. Taylor is the epitome of what it is to be a Lane Man and we are extremely delighted with his success."

Dr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Science Degree (summa cum laude) from Lane College in 1996, and went on to obtain his dental degree with honors from The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in 2000. He then completed an internship in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2001, and was a resident in oral and maxillofacial surgery at King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles from 2001 - 2005. While in residency, he was awarded the prestigious honor of "Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident of the Year." Simultaneously, while completing his residency, Taylor earned a Master of Public Health Degree in Health Care Administration from U.C.L.A.

Professional organizations in which Dr. Taylor holds memberships include the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Dental Association. He is also a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and a Fellow in the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He specializes in facial trauma and reconstruction, facial pathology, and dentoalveolar surgery.

Dr. Taylor is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the 100 Black Men of West Tennessee. He is the proud father of two sons: Xander Harrison and Karter Harrison Taylor, and is married to the former Frankie Spearman of Mississippi.


CMEs Standing with Our AME Family

by Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick

Dear CME Family:

A calamity born in depravity hit at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church on the evening of June 17, 2015, when a gunman took the lives of persons at the church in prayer meeting.

As a CME Church Family, let us join with the AMEs in prayer for the healing of the families touched by this tragedy – the families of the victims and the family of the perpetrator.

As your Senior Bishop, I've shared on the phone with Senior Bishop Bryant of the AME Church on our behalf, sharing the spirit of unity and mutual mourning as a CME family. Several of us who are in Dallas, Texas, joined with Bishop Vashti McKenzie and other AME leaders at their Episcopal District Headquarters in a prayer meeting and press conference. "[We] sat where they sat." I hope others of us share in their gatherings and prayer vigils.

Violence knows no respect of persons. This violent act could have happened - and can happen - within any one of our congregations. As I said to someone else, "It could have been Vanderhorst (our CME Church in Charleston)."

As we gather this Sunday in our churches, let us be sure to lift the AME Church as a family in prayer. Pray specifically for the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Senior Bishop John Bryant, Resident Bishop Richard Norris, and the people of Mother Emmanuel AME Church of Charleston. They are in mourning. Our prayerful support can be strengthening.

Moreover, let us espouse the hope that is ours as believers - that hope that, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1); the hope that is rooted in the fact that nothing separates us from the love of God. We are prayerful, yes ... but we also will be courageous and forward looking and determined as we preach, teach, and stand for what is right. For the kingdom, and the power, and the glory - even through these circumstances - belong to God.


+ Lawrence L. Reddick III


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Because of massive voter turnout and a great display of loyalty and enthusiasm that was amply displayed by you, students, alumni, and friends, on Tuesday I accepted, on your behalf, a check from The Home Depot in the amount of $25,000 as the Campus Pride Winner in Cluster 3. We won this based on our finishing #1 in our cluster, having amassed a total of 235,222 online and social media votes. Our nearest competitor, Wilberforce University, finished some 21,000 votes behind us.

Special thanks goes to our RYS Coordinator, Ms. Doris Bond for her great leadership; Ms. Tori Haliburton for her frequent and timely communications to all; Mr. Tony Calhoun for his online technical ingenuity; and Lane alumna and RYS Ambassador, Ms. Chicura Pearson, for her social media guidance and brilliant strategies.

Last year we won the $10,000 prize. This year, we won the $25,000 prize. We will do all that we can to make next year the charm. However, we pause now to savor this victory and offer appreciation to you for making our victory possible.

So once again, thank all of you who helped us in this endeavor. As I said last year, I am reminded of the verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) - "In everything give thanks… ."

We are thankful.

Richard Hulon Donnell



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