Power Lunch Opportunity Featuring Thom Gossom, Jr. – Actor, Writer, Communications Professional, and first Black football scholarship recipient to graduate from Auburn University

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Montgomery, Ala.– Leadership Montgomery is pleased to announce Thom Gossom, Jr. will serve as speaker during the Power Lunch on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Montgomery Area Council on Aging (MACOA) located at 115 E. Jefferson Street Montgomery, AL 36104. The cost is $10 and reservations are required. Lunch will be provided and the public is welcome to purchase tickets at www.leadershipmontgomery.org or by calling (334) 262-2261.

Thom Gossom Jr. (born 1952) is an American actor, writer and communications professional. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Auburn University where he was the first black athlete in the Southeastern Conference to walk on, earn a full scholarship and graduate. Gossom furthered his education with a Master of Arts in Communication from The University of Montevallo. Thom was a starting wide receiver for the Tigers, from 1972-1974. He is featured in the HBO special, “Breaking the Huddle,” about integration of Southern college football. He is the immediate past chairman of the Auburn University Foundation Board of Directors where a $1 billion dollars goal was reached during his term although the campaign is ongoing until the end of 2017. He lives in Ft. Walton Beach, FL and is married to Dr. Joyce Gilley Gossom.

Gossom’s career has spanned film, television and the stage. Gossom’s writing credits include his published memoir, Walk-On: My Reluctant Journey To Integration at Auburn University, (State Street Press, 2008). Gossom’s new work is The Slice Of Life Collection, (Willow Press, 2015), a trilogy of short “life stories.” (Books will be available for purchase at the lunch.) In addition, his acting credits include Fight Club, Jeepers Creepers 2, Containment, and as the title character, Israel, in the NYPD Blue Emmy winning episode, “Lost Israel.” He was a cast member of the TV series “In the Heat of the Night”.

He is owner and President of Best Gurl, Inc. a communications firm. Gossom’s theatre roles include, “Speak of Me As I Am”, a critically acclaimed one-man play that he wrote, “Fences” and “American Buffalo”, among others. He also wrote and produced the film “Quiet Courage” in association with Auburn University, which tells the story of James Owens, the first black athlete to break the racial barriers of college football in the Deep South. The film delves into the personal price that Owens’ paid in being “the first” and the impact his presence made not just in the game, but in the lives of those he touched that still reverberates today.

When not writing, producing or acting, Gossom is a frequent speaker for universities, corporation and civic organizations. Through his experience, intellect and wit, he inspires, entertains, educates and motivates his audience. Leadership Montgomery is proud to have Mr. Thom Gossom, Jr. for the Power Lunch series on May 17th and invites all to attend and experience this opportunity to hear him speak.

Leadership Montgomery: The mission of Leadership Montgomery is to develop diverse leaders into extraordinary change agents to effective positive civic transformation. The Vision of Leadership Montgomery is to create a city of effective, compassionate, and unified community trustees built upon relationships characterized by respect, trust, and understanding among leaders who represent the diverse segments of Montgomery, Alabama. The mantra is “Connecting Leaders to Effect Change.” For more information visit, http://leadershipmontgomery.wildapricot.org/ or call (334)262-2261.

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