St. Anselm’s Abbey hosted the 50th annual Thomas Verner Moore Lecture on Saturday, September 30, 2023. The speaker was the Honorable Colbert I. King, who is the former US Executive Director of the World Bank and a Washington Post Columnist. The title of his lecture is “The Firmness of Our Foundation”. Details for the event are as follows. Continue reading for more information about Mr. King.

Saturday, September 30, 2023
7:00pm with reception following

Catholic University of America
Slowinski Courtroom of The Columbus School of Law
3600 McCormack Road NE
Washington, DC 20064
There is free underground parking or it is metro accessible from the Brookland/CUA station on the Metro.

The Honorable Colbert I. King

The Honorable Colbert I. King has been a distinguished figure in the life of Washington, DC for many years. Born here in 1939, he did both undergraduate and graduate work at Howard University, focusing on studies in government and public administration. He subsequently served as a commissioned officer in the US Army Adjutant General’s Corps and then for the State Department from 1964-1970, including three years at the American embassy in Bonn.

In 1979 he was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to serve as the US Executive Director of the World Bank. After being confirmed by the Senate, he became the first African American to represent our country in that global financial institution. For his work there he was awarded the Secretary of the Treasury’s Distinguished Service Award. Following his World Bank appointment, Mr. King served as an executive vice president and member of the board of directors of the Riggs National Bank. During his nearly ten years with Riggs, he concentrated on international banking and federal financial services.

“Colby” King next joined the editorial board of the Washington Post in 1990 and was appointed deputy editor of the editorial page from January 2000 until his retirement in 2007. He continues to write a weekly column for that newspaper under his own byline, with many of his articles dealing with issues in our metropolitan area.

Mr. King has served on the boards of several organizations and has received numerous awards, including the First Amendment Award by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (2007) and the Chairman’s Award from the National Press Foundation (2010). He is married to the Honorable Gwendolyn Stewart King.