Benedictine College Welcomes Damon Daniel as MLK Day Speaker

Friday, January 18, 2019

Damon Daniel

Benedictine College is pleased to host Damon Daniel, President of AdHoc Group Against Crime in Kansas City, as this year’s speaker on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He will deliver his presentation, “The Road to Restoration,” at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

AdHoc Group Against Crime is an organization that serves as the bridge between the community and law enforcement. Daniel, a native of Kansas City, came to AdHoc in 2015 with 20 years of experience in the field of social justice. He holds a degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Under his leadership at the AdHoc Group Against Crime, hundreds of families in the Kansas City Metropolitan area impacted by violence have received much needed mental health and victim support. Daniel recently developed a Civil Rights Monitoring program to ensure pedestrians are being treated fairly and equally in the Westport Entertainment District. He has also strengthened partnerships with local businesses; as a result, employment for those living in high-crime areas has increased. He considers education, people power and faith to be powerful keys in unlocking the solutions for many of the issues facing today’s communities.

Daniel’s work background ranges from promoting bullying prevention programs in schools, to directing the community organizing efforts of one of Kansas City’s most effective grassroots leadership development and community organizing entities in the region. Over the last 8 years, Damon galvanized faith communities to address socioeconomic issues particularly those that perpetuate the dehumanization of people of color.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.