Black History Month Event: "Education, Opportunity, and Service"

February 19, 2017

The Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Boyle Landmark Trust, and the Danville-Boyle County African American Historical Society, have joined together with other community organizations to celebrate Black History Month in Danville / Boyle County.

On Monday, February 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., Michelle Carter and Dwayne Walker will be sharing their life stories, focusing on the theme "Education, Opportunity, and Service." Both speakers have served in a branch of the Armed Forces, and through their service to our country, were able to find an opportunity to gain a higher education that may have not been available to them otherwise. This special event will be held in the Community Room at the Library. All are invited to attend.

About the speakers:

Michelle Carter is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and a graduate of Bryan Station High School.  She began her academic journey at Eastern Kentucky University, but after a year decided to join the United States Army, serving eight years active duty as a Personnel Actions Specialist.  During her eight years of military service, she served stateside in Ft. Dix (NJ), Ft. Jackson (SC), Ft. Knox (KY), Ft. Gordon (GA), and unoccupied tours overseas in Korea and Germany. 

Michelle is passionate about education and returned to Kentucky and to college as a non-traditional student while working full-time, maintaining her family and studies, as well as other tasks that are the circumstances of an adult-learner.  She earned her associates degree from Bluegrass Community and Technical College, where she currently serves as the Director of the Student Support Services program on the Danville Campus.  She earned her bachelor's degree in Professional Counseling and Human Services, as well as her master's degree in Human Development and Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College, and is a Kentucky licensed LPCA. Michelle is a mentor to young women throughout the Lexington area, through programs such as the BCTC P.E.A.R.L. Academy, the Bryan Station Middle School DIMES, and volunteers w/the Survivors II inner-city boys' organization, as well as the YMCA Lexington Black Achievers program.  She is a doctoral candidate of the EKU College of Education's Educational Leadership and Policy & Studies Program. 

Michelle is a member of the 2016 Leadership Boyle County class, is the proud mother of three adult children, and has a beautiful granddaughter.


Dwayne Anthony (Tony) Walker was born and raised in Danville, KY and was raised by his single mother, Rosie Mae Walker along with his three older sisters. He demonstrated an early interest and aptitude in learning and athletics and went on to excel through the years academically and athletically. He also gained a strong work ethic, spiritual, emotional and physical backbone as a result of the stern guidance and love bestowed upon him by his mother and his sisters.

Dwayne's commitment in his early years to his studies and athletic prowess led him to achieve many accolades in his years spent in Danville. Although never planned, his success in those years would lead him to acceptance in to the United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, New York. He continued to excel at the academy and became a member of the Army Football team along with involvement in many other activities offered at USMA.

Upon graduation from the academy, Dwayne spent nearly six years in the U.S. Army as an officer with one of the most prestigious and decorated divisions in the U.S. Army, the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division. He achieved the rank of Captain while in the military and then left the military to pursue his interests in the business world.

Dwayne went on to obtain several key sales and sales management positions with numerous companies. He now serves as the manager for sales and distribution for the Southern California and Hawaii markets for a manufacturing company that specializes in wireless time-related products and advanced Wi-Fi enabled sensor and monitoring devices. Dwayne resides in Southern California where he has lived for over 20 years.