Nikki R. Haley, former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will give the keynote address Oct. 3 at Faulkner University’s Annual Benefit Dinner in Montgomery.
The event recognizes women, in particular their fight for the right to vote. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Congress passed the amendment on June 4, 1919 and it was ratified on August 18, 1920.
Haley has continually proven herself to be a champion of human rights, education reform and defending American interests. She challenged human rights violators across the globe, standing up to oppressive regimes in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and Russia. During the U.S presidency of the UN Security Council, she hosted the first-ever session devoted solely to promoting human rights.
She traveled the world visiting people oppressed by their own governments to see firsthand the challenges they face and to work with them directly on life-improving solutions — from Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey, to internally displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, to Venezuelan migrants walking miles every day to cross the Colombian border for food and medicine.
Faulkner, a private, Christian liberal arts university has over the years brought renowned politicians, journalists, athletes, coaches, comedians and astronauts to speak in Montgomery. Haley will bring her Southern appeal as a native of South Carolina and her international experience.
The benefit dinner will be held at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.