maincurve UC Library MyUC iLearn Webmail Home
title Media Relations Home



Dr. George Wright Speaks to UC Students


Williamsburg, Ky. - On Monday, January 14, 2013, University of the Cumberlands (UC) welcomed Dr. George C. Wright in honor of UC’s Founder’s Day and the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, Wright spoke at the third installment in the Phi Alpha Theta lecture series on “Growing Up in Kentucky.”

Dr. Wright is a noted African-American scholar and the seventh president of Prairie View A&M University. He also leads the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Organization. Before Wright began his career at A&M, he was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas. In 1993, he joined Duke University as a vice provost for university programs and the director of the Afro-American Studies Program at Duke. He started his distinguished career at the University of Kentucky in 1977 when he became an assistant professor.

The Lexington, Kentucky native received his Bachelor’s and Master of Arts degrees in history from the University of Kentucky and his Doctorate in history from Duke University. Dr. Wright currently has three published books along with numerous articles that primarily discuss racial divides. As Dr. Wright stood in front of the students, he encouraged them to believe they could achieve anything they dreamed, regardless of their socioeconomic status and other possible factors. He shared with them his story of poverty and triumph, only proving to them that they can overcome anything as long as they strive to do their best and work hard.

Wright grew up in an era of change. He and his family were segregated in Lexington before the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement. As a child, he remembers being segregated by restrooms, libraries, and restaurants. Today, he takes it as a personal challenge to help the world view racial divides in historical terms. He wants his message to reach further than just Kentucky or America. All over the world, many people have been denied basic rights just as Dr. Wright had been an unfortunate victim.

Dr. Wright made an impression on UC’s students as he urged them to view people as more than just a race. The prestigious Kentucky native gave the students a thought-provoking message when he closed his speech by saying, “We need to understand our differences but not let our differences divide us.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit