MLK Celebration & Keynote Speaker
January 8, 2020
Martin Luther King Jr. day is Monday, January 20, 2019. To help us reflect on this holiday, Kameron Middlebrooks will be our keynote speaker in the Viking Theatre at Noon.
Kameron Middlebrooks is the former Midwestern Regional Director for the NAACP. Kameron was born in 1988 in Atlanta, GA but grew up in Des Moines, IA. He is a 2007 graduate of Roosevelt High School where he was a standout athlete on the football and track teams. He joined the NAACP during his junior year as treasurer of the youth council.
In 2007 he began serving as a youth representative to NAACP National Board of Directors where he served four years. During his tenure on the board, Kameron served on the education committee, national youth works committee and was vice chair of the convention planning committee. Before joining the staff of the NAACP, he was a field organizer for the Barack Obama Presidential campaign in Des Moines.
In June of 2012, at the age of 24, Kameron took over as the Midwestern Regional Field Director of the NAACP, the youngest to ever serve in that position. As Regional Director, he organized a voter registration campaign that registered over 15,000 people of color across the Midwest and he actively engaged Iowa-Nebraska state conference in talks with the Iowa Governor to streamline the process for felons to regain their right to vote.
Kameron left the NAACP in 2014 to start his own business venture. From 2014-2016 he operated a marketing and managerial firm, Equalizer Management Inc, which focused on integrated communication solutions for residential and business clients. From 2016-2018, Kameron worked for the Evelyn K. Davis Center as an Asset Development Associate working one on one with small business and nonprofits with the goal of helping them build their organizations.
In May of 2018, he took over as the Minority Business Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. In this role, Kameron delivers educational programs with the goal of building capacity with minority-led organizations and small businesses in Iowa’s major metropolitan areas. He is also responsible for collaborating with minority-led organizations and small businesses to assess needs and build strong networks among these organizations and businesses to build community capacity.
In December of 2018, Kameron was named was one of the Des Moines Register's People to Watch. Read more about that here.
Grand View will celebrate all week with service events.