Moseley Braun to Give Keynote Address at First Lady’s Scholarship Luncheon

Friday, February 28, 2014

Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun will give the keynote address at the First Lady’s Scholarship Luncheon, hosted by Dr. Monedia Elzey, at noon on Feb. 28 in the Bulldog Lounge, K.W. Green Student Center. The luncheon is among several signature events celebrating the inauguration of Thomas J. Elzey, SC State University’s 11th president.

Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun
Moseley Braun, the first African-American woman to win election to the U.S. Senate, is a noted public servant who has dedicated her life to civil rights and women’s rights issues as well as education and health care reform. Moseley Braun is also an advocate for sustainable agriculture and food safety and security.


A former candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, Moseley Braun was appointed Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa following her term in the Senate.

Moseley Braun has channeled her abiding love of land and agriculture as an entrepreneur. The Chicago, Ill. native is currently the founder and president of Good Food Organics®.  Ambassador Moseley Braun founded the minority certified company with the intent of creating a foundation for foods produced from agricultural systems that are certified USDA organic, and, whenever possible, Certified Demeter Biodynamic and Certified Fair Trade.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois and Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago.

“We are extremely delighted to host Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun at the First Lady’s Scholarship Luncheon,” said Dr. Elzey. “Her contributions to this nation and to communities around the world are extraordinary and will continue to have a lasting impact for generations to come.”

The luncheon is part of Elzey’s platform to encourage university supporters to invest in the educational experiences of SC State students by donating funds for scholarships. She also seeks engagement from the community in helping to prepare students professionally. Just last fall, she opened the First Lady’s Boutique on campus, which provides professional attire – at no cost –and offers soft skills training to students.

Open to all persons, the First Lady’s Scholarship Luncheon requires reservation and a $50 contribution. Sponsors are still needed to make this event a success.  To register for the event, contact Ieisha Bodrick at (803) 813-1344. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Joslyn DiPasalegne at (803)813-1374 or visit