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Black History Month Speaker Series

February 10: Dr. Andrew Marshall, Emergency Physician at the Chicago University Medical Center

Originally from Barbados, Dr. Marshall moved to the United States at the age of four. He graduated from Hume-Fogg High School and Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama where he took computer science and pre-med courses. He attended Meharry Medical College from 2011 to 2015. He is now an emergency physician at the Chicago University Medical Center.


February 10: Dr. Maria LynesObstetrician/Gynecologist at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry

Dr. Maria C. L. Lynes was born in Natchez, MS and relocated to Nashville, TN in 2010. She attended Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School in Nashville, TN and further matriculated to Hampton University in Hampton, VA. Dr. Lynes graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hampton University’s Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Following graduation, she participated in natural products and traditional medicine research at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Dr. Lynes returned to the United States where she taught Biology, Chemistry, and Physical Science at LaVergne High School in LaVergne, TN for two years. She then went on to attend Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and received her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2016.Dr. Lynes is now at the end of her first year in Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry.


February 14: Howard Gentry, Metro Nashville Criminal Court Clerk

Mr. Gentry is a Nashville native and has been elected three times to countywide public office. He has served on the Metro Council, and was Nashville's first African-American Vice Mayor. He has been active in civic and mayoral engagements and appointments. He received his BS and Masters in Education from Tennessee State University. 


February 27: Mark Gwyn, Director, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Mark Gwyn is a lifelong resident of Tennessee, and he became the director of the TBI in 2004 (first African American Director of the TBI). He graduated from MTSU and Tennessee State University and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for professional achievement from MTSU. He has also completed prestigious police and investigative training on a national level.


February 28: Marcus Currie, Graphic Novelist and General Manager at Hillwood Country Club

Mr. Currie is a published graphic novelist. He also is a general manager for events. He will bring his books and will show the graphic artwork.