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Former Maryland Delegate, Melony Griffith to Serve as the 2018 Inabel Burns Lindsay Social Justice Lecture Speaker



It is with great delight that we announce Howard University School of Social Work alumna (MSW '87), former Maryland delegate and current state Senate candidate, Melony Griffith, as the upcoming speaker for the 2018 Inabel Burns Lindsay Social Justice Lecture. Formerly a Maryland State Delegate in District 25, Melony Griffith has 16 years of experience representing Prince George's County. In addition, former delegate Griffith is currently the Vice President for External and Governmental Affairs at Greater Baden Medical Services, and previously directed the Prince George’s County Health Department’s Center for Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives (CHLI), focusing on outreach, disease prevention, and wellness promotion. She has also been a hospital social worker, a research project coordinator, a Program Coordinator for the National Basketball Players Association Health Education Project at the Johns Hopkins University, and volunteered as an HIV/AIDS support group leader for Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC. Click here for more information.

The lecture will take place at Open House during homecoming week. For more details about the event, see below. 


2018 Inabel Burns Lindsay Social Justice Lecture

October 25, 2018, 4-6 PM

Homecoming Open House, School of Social Work Auditorium


The Howard University School of Social Work has established The Dean Inabel Burns Lindsay Social Justice Lecture to continue advocacy for social justice. Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay – activist, educator, researcher, and administrator was an early proponent for the consideration in social work education and practice with racial and ethnic minorities. Her extraordinary accomplishments have served as a beacon for generations of social work educators and practitioners. She represented the moral conscience of social work education while battling racism, sexism and ageism during a pivotal time of social and financial unrest including the Great Depression, the enactment of the Social Security Act of 1935 and the emergence of large scale social services. As the first female academic dean at Howard University, Dean Lindsay was a distinguished leader and created a School of Social Work “second to none.”

“It is incumbent upon us to demonstrate that we can—and are making a significant contribution to the advancement of human dignity and human welfare in a changing society.”

Inabel Burns Lindsay, April 27, 1967


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