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Wake Forest celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

December 21, 2009

Wake Forest University will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at several events between Jan. 16 and 18. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

  • 12th Annual MLK Basketball Tournament; 12:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Jan. 16; Reynolds Gym

Co-sponsored by Wake Forest’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Campus Recreation, the invitational basketball tournament will bring together intramural teams from several North Carolina universities. Past competitors have included Wake Forest, WSSU, North Carolina A&T, Johnson C. Smith University, UNCG and UNCC. It will include tournament play culminating in a championship game as well as slam-dunk and three-point shot contests.

  • 5th Annual MLK GospelFest; 3 p.m., Jan. 17; Brendle Recital Hall; $5 admission, free for students with ID and children under 12

The concert, sponsored by the WFU Office of Multicultural Affairs, will feature renowned gospel artist Kurt Carr. Several Winston-Salem community choirs including the Wake Forest Gospel Choir will perform.

  • 10th Annual WSSU/WFU Joint MLK Celebration: “On Common Ground: They Stood Together Then. We Stand Together Now.”; 7 p.m., Jan. 18; Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University

Each year, Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University co-sponsor and alternate hosting a keynote event to commemorate King’s life. This year, the event will feature a keynote address by world-renowned author and activist, Dr. Maya Angelou.

Earlier in the evening, Winston-Salem State University will host an invitation-only dinner where students and faculty from both schools will be awarded the “Building the Dream” award in recognition of their efforts to social justice and community.

For more information about all other events, call (336) 758-5864.

Press Contacts:

Kerry King
(336) 758-6084

Ellen Sterner Sedeno
(214) 546-8893

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