Pellissippi State speech showcase to feature Zenobia Dobson

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Pellissippi State Community College will host its fourth annual Student Speech Showcase March 21, featuring Zenobia Dobson as the keynote speaker.

Dobson is the mother of Zaevion Dobson, who was shot to death in 2015 as he shielded others from gunfire. Zenobia Dobson has since created the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Foundation in memory of her son to raise awareness of gun violence.

The Student Speech Showcase begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Goins Building Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.

In addition to a keynote address by Zenobia Dobson, Pellissippi State speech students Stephen Lumsdaine, Caelan Paul, Savanah Pope, Isaac Scott and Isabel Vazquez will present informative or persuasive speeches.

Zenobia Dobson is the 2017 advocacy award recipient from Knoxville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission. She’s active in the Knoxville groups Moms On a Mission and Moms Demand Action and is a member of Martin Chapel United Methodist Church.

The Student Speech Showcase is sponsored by the Liberal Arts Speech Communication academic program.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or