Dr. Owen Cardwell
Dr. Owen Cardwell is the Rosel Schewel Distinguished Professor of Education and Human Development and the co-director of the Center for Education and Leadership at the University of Lynchburg. Click to read more about Dr. Cardwell.
Claiborne Deming is an American attorney, business executive and philanthropist. Under Deming's watch as CEO & President, Murphy Oil Corporation Oil Company committed $50 million to establish the El Dorado Promise. Click to read more about Claiborne Deming.
Valerie Gregory is a life-long educator and advocate for diversity and inclusion on college campuses. Gregory is a retired Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Director of Outreach at the University of Virginia. Click to read more about Valerie Gregory.
Hylan T. Hubbard, III (“Hank”) is a Lynchburg native who is a 1965 graduate of then segregated Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and a 1969 graduate of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME. Click to read more about Hank Hubbard.
Cainan Townsend is the Director of Education and Outreach, of the Robert Russa Moton Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Farmville, Virginia. Click to learn more about Cainan Townsend.
In addition to the powerful speaker slate, a handful of Beacon of Hope graduates will perform short vignettes showcasing their talents and highlighting the opportunities Beacon of Hope has provided them.
Sedora Booker is a 2019 Graduate of Heritage High School and a current junior Psychology major at Virginia State University. Born and raised in Lynchburg, she has a passion for giving back to her community. This passion led her to founding the O. Booker Legacy Foundation as a way to give back.
Azariah “Ace” Cox
Azariah “Ace” Cox is a 2013 Graduate of Heritage High School and a 2017 Eastern Mennonite University graduate. Sports were Azariah’s first passion growing up until an season-ending injury. After that injury, he dove into art and photography. Since then, he has worked with brands like Vogue, GQ, The Fader and Fizzy Magazine, and more.
Lewis Johnston is a 2016 graduate of E.C. Glass High School and a current Gilman Scholar at Washington & Lee University. Johnston is double majoring in Economics and Politics with a minor in Middle East and South Asia studies. On campus, he is involved in the Washingtonian Society and radio broadcasting.
Michaya McMillan is a 2018 graduate of Heritage High School and a current IT major at Liberty University. In 2018, she graduated as an Iron Soldier and leader of her platoon in the Virginia Army National Guard. Michaya’s passion lies in the realm of creative expression. She loves creating art to help connect people to their purpose and tap into their power.