Arley Johnson to speak at Woodson fundraising banquet

Arley Johnson, who has worked with Congress on behalf of community service organizations since 2009, will be the keynote speaker at the 22nd annual Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation Inc., fundraising banquet Saturday, April 12.

The banquet begins at 6 p.m. in Room BE5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center. Proceeds will help fund a scholarship endowment to support outstanding Marshall University students, as well as the purchase of materials on black culture and history.

Tickets for the event are available for a donation of $30. Corporate tables also are available. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Newatha Myers, president of the Carter G. Woodson Foundation, at 740-894-5772.

The Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation is named in honor of Carter G. Woodson, who was a graduate of Douglass  High School in Huntington and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. Woodson, who is widely known as the “father of African American history,” founded the Association for the  study of Negro Life and History in 1915. He also started the influential “Journal of Negro History” in 1916.

Johnson has been with Armada International Advisors, described as a powerful engine for business and nonprofit success, since last June. His expertise ranges from leveraging key government relationships to training staff of all ability levels to creating the technology needed to collect and analyze data.

Previously Johnson worked with Advocates for the Other America  as executive director.

Johnson was a delegate for six years in the West Virginia Legislature and served on Huntington City Council for six years. He also served two years with the governor’s office in West Virginia as director of the state Workforce Investment Board and eight years as director of programs in the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity.