The 2015 theme for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. convocation held at Pearce Auditorium Thursday, Jan. 15, 12:45 p.m., is “Still I Rise.” This event is mandatory for all Women’s College students. Keynote speaker, AnMarie Martin, tells her story of overcoming obstacles through vigor, humor, and integrity. A local motivational speaker and trainer, Martin was selected to be one of five deputies assigned to facilitate the Avoiding Drugs, Violence, and Negative Choices Early program or A.D.V.A.N.C.E. for Hall County Schools.
“We are pleased to have her as our 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation speaker,” said Dean of Students Valerie Simmons-Walston. “Martin is passionate about mentoring young girls, empowering women and educating victims of childhood abuse.”
Born in San Juan Puerto Rico, Martin is actively involved in multiple enrichment programs for Latino women. She is a pillar of leadership in the Gainesville community and was locally recognized as one of the 2014 Community Heroes by WomenSource; a local non-profit organization whose motto is “to encourage personal and professional success for all women in Northeast Georgia.” When asked about her greatest accomplishments in life, she speaks about raising two beautiful daughters with her husband. One daughter is studying at Berkeley; the other is pursuing a degree at Florida State.