Bethany College Announces Speaker for MLK Day

BETHANY, W.Va. — Paulo Nzambi, senior vice president and COO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, has been as announced as the speaker for Bethany College’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, Nzambi will speak at 7 p.m. in the Agostino Room of Benedum Commons in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., and his incredible life’s work.

All day, there will be passive programming within the residence halls, titled “Honor the Man, Live the Dream.” From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be service projects in the Ogden Dining Room which include decorating and creating flower pots and door decorations for assisted living homes, cards of appreciation for the troops, posters and cards for children in the hospital and pillow cases and care packages for women’s shelters.

In addition, starting at 11:30 a.m., there will be inauguration coverage on the televisions in the Ogden Dining Room.

“Bethany College is proud to celebrate the life and work of the remarkable Dr. King. His leadership in the African-American civil rights movement and his message of peace and nonviolence will never be forgotten. We are proud to have Paulo Nzambi speaking and sharing his story and message with our students,” said Scott D. Miller, president of the college. 

Growing up, Nzambi, who was raised in Angola, found himself in the midst of a civil war within the African nation that lasted for 27 years and killed millions. While every day was a struggle for Nzambi and his family, he remarkably made it to the United States where he made a name for himself in American business.

The Manchester Bidwell Corporation, located in Pittsburgh, Pa., is hailed as one of the most enterprising educational and creative organizations in the U.S. President and CEO William E. Strickland, Jr., is a member of Bethany College’s board of trustees, and, in addition to speaking at graduation, has received an honorary degree from the college.

In addition to his business ventures, Nzambi is also an accomplished playwright and aims to bring what he saw and experienced in Angola to the American people via theatre.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.