This upcoming Monday, March 27, the University of Memphis will welcome former United States Congressman and retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Allen West as a guest speaker. Hosted by the Young American’s for Freedom and College Republicans, West will be giving a public lecture covering conservatism in the black community—a subject that has been tender recently, as Steve Harvey has received backlash for expressing the need to support President Trump in order to combat the divisive state of the nation.
Allen West was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1961, and spent his upbringing in the same Atlanta neighborhood Dr. Martin Luther King preached in during the Civil Rights Movement. Being born into the third generation of a four-generation military servicemen family, West was destined to serve his country as well as impact the lives of other individuals, like Dr. King had, but from a political standpoint.
West served in the United States Army for 22 years and fought in Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Afghanistan. He earned many honors and awards, including one Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one Valorous Unit Award, and in 1993, he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. After retiring from the Army in 2004, West taught one year of high school, just to return to Afghanistan as a civilian military adviser to the Afghan army until November of 2007. He began his political career in 2010 when he was elected to the United States Congress, representing the 22nd District of Florida.
Allen West is currently a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, a freelance writer for several media outlets, as well as a contributor to the conglomerate Fox News. West is also the author of the memoir Guardian of the Republic. In his free time, West rides motorcycles, SCUBA dives, and runs (he is an avid distance runner). He currently resides in Texas with his wife, Angela, and two daughters, Aubrey and Austen.
The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Memphis Psychology Auditorium. It is open to the public.