MLK events scheduled for this weekend

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By The Staff

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reception will be held Saturday, January 13 at 5:00 p.m. at the Taylor County Extension Services office, 1143 S. Columbia Ave., Campbellsville.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Mandrill Taylor of Portland, Oregon. He will facilitate a forum on “Addressing the Behavioral Health Crisis” with Campbellsville Police Chief Patricia Thompson, Adanta Associate Clinical Director for Crisis Services Latisha Collins and Dr. John Chowning, pastor of Saloma Baptist Church, on the panel.

Dr. Taylor is the son of Edward “Earl” and Vanessa Taylor, grandson of Virgil and Norma Jean Taylor and the big brother to Courtney Renee Taylor. He is the grandson of Catherine Henderson. Taylor has been connected to the Campbellsville community his entire life, spending many summers here with his grandparents and family. His is married to Dea and they have two daughters, Kyrie and Bennu.

Dr. Taylor attended Duke University and graduated from North Carolina A&T with a degree in electrical engineering. After receiving his medical degree from Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina, he went on to complete a fellowship in psychiatry at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. While attending UVA, he was selected to receive international training in mental health in Italy through Harvard University. Dr. Taylor has received additional training and certifications to include a fellowship in addiction from Yale University.

Dr. Taylor currently serves as a clinical psychiatrist at Northwest Kaiser Permanente Medical Organization providing both virtual and in-person care to patients in Portland and the greater Salem, Oregon area. In addition to clinic responsibilities, he serves as physician representative on Northwest Kaiser Permanente’s Mental Health Cultural Competency Committee, approving policy recommendations and organizational direction for both managers and clinicians. Recently he co-authored “Motivational Interviewing for Clinical Practice: A Practical Guide for Clinicians” as well as publishing a review in managing PTSD and Alcohol Use Disorder in patients with dual diagnosis. He also currently holds board certifications in both addiction and adult psychiatry.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March will be held on Saturday. Those participating should be in place at Campbellsville Elementary by 12:45 p.m. The march will begin at 1 p.m. and proceed down MLK Boulevard to the old Taylor County Courthouse, finishing at the Veterans Memorial. 

Everyone is invited to participate. 

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