Arthur Clarke Diversity Lecture

9/17/23, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Seward Memorial Library

John Leonard Harris: “How finding a piece of history helped me find my place in the movement”

In the spring of 1987, John Leonard Harris obtained one of two original copies of a tape featuring a speech given by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on May 23, 1962. The original reel-to-reel recording had been in a box in the basement of the owner for 25 years. No one had heard the recording since the night that it was recorded.

What Mr. Harris heard on that tape changed his life for forever as he was propelled directly into the heart of the civil rights movement. Stop in and listen to Mr. Harris and this interesting tale of his life’s pursuit. The presentation will begin at 3:00 PM (please note this new time).


John Leonard Harris is a native of St. Louis Missouri who currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mr. Harris is a dynamic keynote and conference speaker, award-winning writer, poet and actor. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Speech and Dramatic Arts, emphasis Radio-TV-Film Production) and his Master’sdegree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Education, emphasis Teaching and Learning).


Mr. Harris founded Encouragement Consulting Services through which he has provided workshops and training for over 20 years in the areas of: corporate culture, workplace diversity, leadership, motivation, personal and professional growth, organizational effectiveness, team building and employment (hiring, job search tools and techniques).


Mr. Harris currently serves as the Leadership Development Specialist for ALLO Communications. He has worked as a consultant, training partner and employee coach for TAG Consulting and Insignia Federal Group, both in Fairfax, Virginia. He has worked as a Subject Matter Expert for Continuum Employee Assistance Program (Lincoln, Nebraska) and Southern Glazer’s Distributors (Dallas, Texas). He is a skilled consultant, employee coach, program developer and workshop facilitator. Mr. Harris always receives excellent reviews for his program design, delivery and content impact. His interactive and engaging style makes learning enjoyable for all participants.


Mr. Harris has been honored with his selection to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Wall of Honor,” the Melvin Jones Mentoring Award and recently, the Millard T. Woods Community Service Award.

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