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8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Lunch
January 16, 2017 | Noon | Adler Athletic Complex
Featuring speaker J.T. Thomas
J.T. Thomas is owner of the Black-N-Gold Cheesecake Company, a licensee of the Crazy Mocha Coffee Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that markets, sells, and distributes frozen gourmet desserts. Thomas has spent 30 years in restaurant development and operations. During his time as a restaurateur, he developed the Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill chain in western and central Pennsylvania and Morgantown, West Virginia, as well as Burger Kings and Red Hot & Blue restaurants.
Thomas broke color barriers by becoming the first African American to play football at Florida State University and was the first African American football player to graduate from FSU earning a degree in business.
In 1973, Thomas was the #1 draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a member of the legendary Steel Curtain Defense that won 4 Super Bowls, Thomas earned All-Pro honors as a cornerback. The NFL ranked Thomas and Mel Blount #6 in its top ten tandem corner-backs of all time.
Thomas is a member of the Macedonia Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he serves as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. He is also a board member of the Coalition for Christian Outreach, a college campus ministry on more than 100 campuses, and board member of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.
Thomas and wife, Deborah, reside in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. They are the parents of two adult children and grandparents to Jerrell and Nikira.