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WFU celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. with speeches, music, basketball

January 11, 2007

Wake Forest University will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at several events between Jan. 15 and 21.  All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

For the seventh year in a row, Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University will hold a collaborative event to commemorate King’s life.  Each year the universities alternate hosting the keynote event. 

This year, the annual WSSU/WFU Joint MLK Celebration: “On Common Ground: Committed to the Dream” will be held at 7 p.m. Jan 15 at Winston-Salem State University in Dillard Auditorium in the Albert H. Anderson Conference Center.  The event will feature guest speaker Myrlie Evers-Williams, civil rights activist and widow of Medgar Evers.  Wake Forest president Nathan O. Hatch will also present remarks on the purpose of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Prior to the address, Wake Forest will host an invitation-only luncheon where students and faculty from both schools will be awarded the “Building the Dream” award in recognition of their efforts to promote racial diversity and harmony.

Wake Forest will also host three other events.  At 5 p.m. Jan. 17, Wake Forest senior Micah Andrews will deliver an MLK Commemoration Speech titled “What’s Goin’ On” at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Atrium.  The event will also feature an introduction by WFDD radio personality Denise Franklin and music by the WFU Gospel Choir. 

The 9th Annual MLK Basketball Tournament, featuring intramural teams from several North Carolina universities, will take place Jan. 20 from noon until 8 p.m. in Reynolds Gymnasium.  Teams from Wake Forest, WSSU, Johnson C. Smith University, North Carolina A&T State University and the campuses of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Charlotte will compete. 

The celebration events will conclude with the Second Annual MLK GospelFest, featuring Byron Cage, the WFU Gospel Choir, Chi Rho and WSSU’s Inspirational Voices, at 4 p.m. Jan. 21 in Brendle Recital Hall.  Admission is $5 at the door and is free to students with an ID.

For more information about any of these events, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (336) 758-5864.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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