Dr. Jones Jolivet to Speak on Black Mothers’ Dreams for Larry Donnell Kimmons Memorial Lecture

Guest Post by Shea McCollum, Library Marketing Assistant.

Please join us as Dr. Tabatha Jones Jolivet speaks on the importance of making black mothers’ dreams matter in society for the Larry Kimmons Memorial Lecture. This event will be held on Thursday, March 7th at 6:30 PM in the Surfboard Room.

Painting of former Pepperdine student Larry Kimmons
Detail from portrait of Larry Kimmons hanging in Payson Library. Photograph taken by the Pepperdine Graphic.

On March 12, 1969, Larry Kimmons, a black fifteen-year-old high school honors student, was shot and killed on the George Pepperdine College campus. In honor of Kimmons life, a painting of him was commissioned to be displayed at Pepperdine and now hangs in Payson Library. This March marks the fiftieth anniversary of Kimmons’ death, and the inaugural Larry Donnell Kimmons Memorial Lecture will be held in the Surfboard Room in remembrance of Kimmons’ life and to honor Pepperdine’s calling as a Christian university to advance the work of justice.

Still of Dr. Tabatha Jones Jolivet
Dr. Tabatha Jones Jolivet photographed by Chadwick Trentham, Azusa Pacific University

The speaker at this event, Dr. Tabatha Jones Jolivet, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. Prior to teaching at Azusa Pacific, she served as Associate Vice President for student life, Title IX coordinator, and Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Pepperdine University. In Dr. Jolivet’s work and life, she is dedicated to the effort to institutionalize diversity, reduce gender-based discrimination, and advance social justice causes. Her lecture will honor Larry Kimmons’ mother and speak to the importance of making black mothers’ dreams matter in society’s higher education institutions.


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Dr. Jones Jolivet to Speak on Black Mothers’ Dreams for Larry Donnell Kimmons Memorial Lecture