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Valorie Coleman
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College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

February 04, 2019

Ron Hall, author and film producer, speaks at College of the Ozarks


Poverty Summit hosted Ron Hall, author of Same Kind of Different As Me on Feb. 1.Ron Hall, author of Same Kind of Different As Me, spoke at the S. Truett Cathy Poverty Summit on Feb. 1, 2019, where he was greeted by Dr. Sue Head, vice president for cultural affairs and dean of character education, at College of the Ozarks.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks hosted Ron Hall, best-selling author of Same Kind of Different As Me on Thursday, Jan. 31, for a convocation and on Feb. 1, 2019, for the S. Truett Cathy Poverty Summit.

Hall spoke on the impact that his late wife, Deborah Hall, and homeless man Denver Moore had on the community and how they influenced him to care him about the impoverished.

Hall had enjoyed a successful career as an international art dealer until his first encounter with Moore in 1998. Their story, immortalized in the New York Times best-selling book, Same Kind of Different As Me, inspired people to take off their racial, social, and economic blinders in order to find common ground.

“My legacy was written on that day,” Hall said, describing the first time he spoke with Moore. “Now people greet me and say, “You’re Denver’s friend!”

Almost 20 years later, Hall has become a tireless advocate for the homeless. He travels across the nation building awareness and has raised nearly $100 million for the homeless. Hall has received numerous philanthropic awards and recognitions, as well as authoring Working Our Way Home and For Art’s Sake.

Hall said many people judge a city by its architecture, its art, its attractions, but God judges a city by how it takes care of the poor and the homeless.

The S. Truett Cathy Poverty Summit, which was hosted by College of the Ozarks, brought together Hall and other acclaimed speakers to provide inspiration and the backdrop for area educators, business leaders, and community members to learn and share concerns.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


02.04.19 – Andrew Ferkel


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